Saturday, 13 October 2007

Job Opportunity

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Targeted Response Unit is looking for Sergeants and Police Officers to be assigned to the unit. The unit is a high visibility unit which targets high crime areas.

We are looking for proactive, hardworking Sergeants and Police Officers. A minimum of 1 year experience as a Sergeant and 3 years experience for Police Officers is required. The unit works in uniform, in marked vehicles, every day of the week, during the 2nd and 3rd Watches (no permanent watches). Therefore, you must be able to rotate watches. You will be assigned to a day-off-group.

If interested, please fill out the application which can be found on the CPD Intranet under Automated Directives, and return to Unit 253. You will then be scheduled for an interview. We will try to accommodate partners. For further information, please call (312) 745-4069.

Area 2 Salutes TRU Officers

Area 2 Detectives Salutes Targeted Response Unit Officers: P.O. B. Nielson, P.O. C. Barrera, P.O. T. Browning, P.O. J. Jones, P.O. L. Trieto and P.O. J. Alvarez.

On 29 Aug. 07, a victim was shot numerous times at 9200 S. Dauphine. The reporting Detectives were able through the course of the investigation obtain a search warrant for the offenders residence. With the assistance of the above listed officers, one Tec 9mm as well as a .32 caliber revolver and live ammunition were recovered from the offenders residence.

Thanks for a job well done.

SPECIAL EVENT

Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation presents the 3rd Annual TRUE BLUE AWARDS on Sunday, 4 Nov. 07. To request tickets, email: mpgfund@comcast.net  or call (630) 660-7643. For more information contact Officer Hudson at (312) 745-6308.

Friday, 12 October 2007

You can find anything on Craigs List

The Vice Enforcement Unit/Prostitution were conducting an investigation into an extremely explicit advertisement for and "erotic live sex show" that appeared on Craigslist.  This advertisement promoted couples having sex in front of a paid audience, cameras allowed and refreshments served.  The officers from the Vice Unit went through the necessary procedures to secure a reservation.  On 11 Oct 07 at 1900 hours, the Vice Unit went to 3300 W. Beach Avenue, made contact with Denis Kelly, gave him the $240.00 entrance fee and were let into the building.  The officers and other patrons went down to the basement where the live sex show took place.  After a proposition for an act of prostitution was accepted and for $200.00, back up officers and members of the City of Chicgo's Department of Business Affairs entered the premise and arrested the following:  Denis M. Kelly, M/60 of 3300 W. Beach, Praveena Omakupe, F/22, of 14XX N. Spaulding, Quincy Gilbert, M/30 or 14xx N. Spaulding, Lauren Dunne, F/22 of 7xx N. Larrabee and Augustus Lewellen, M/22 or 7xx N. Larabee.  The above were charged with Prostitution, Obscenity, House of Ill Fame, and Kelly with a number of municipal licensing charges.  Additionally Cease and Desist Orders were issued to Kelly that carry a $10,000 fine.  Nine additional individuals who were patrons of the House of Ill fame were issued ANOV's.

Good work.  Stay Safe!

SALUTE

Area 5 Detective Division Salutes 25th District Police Officers: P.O. M. Blomstrand and P.O. J. Diaz.

On 9 Jul. 07, the above officers responded to a Deceptive Practice call at a currency exchange. Upon arrival, the officers learned that the offender had attempted to cash a check taken in a robbery.

Through their skillful use of interrogation techniques, the officers were able to obtain from their offender the name of the person she had received the check from. Investigation confirmed the check had been taken in a robbery.

The person identified by their arrestee was subsequently identified as the robbery offender in the related case. Due to the officers dedication to duty, a dangerous robbery offender has been identified and is being sought.

Thanks for a job well done.

Old Homicides Never Go Away - Until They're Solved!

Cold Case Unit / Area 3 investigation - 2002 A/3 previously Open homicide now Cleared. On September 7th 2002, Eddie Thomas, a member of the Gangster Disciple (Cabrini) street gang, left his apartment in the company of, and at the request of several other G/D's. After leaving the apartment, the victim was accused of having robbed and shot the brother of Antonio "PMG" Parker, a fellow member of the Gangster Disciples. The victim was then physically beaten by his associates. Shortly after the beating occurred, Parker appeared and confronted the victim. At that time Parker placed the barrel of a handgun in the victim's mouth and fired a shot that killed the victim. Initial A/3 investigation by Detective Thompson identified individuals involved in the physical altercation, and identified Parker as the suspected shooter. Attempts at procuring an arrest warrant for Parker at that time were negative. In 2007 Cold Case Detectives Schorcsh and Johnson renewed the investigation. Previously known and newly identified witnesses were located. The identification of Parker as the shooter was verified. On October 9th 2007, Detectives Schorsch and Johnson, along with members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, located and apprehended Parker. After reviewing the facts of the investigation, the CCSAO lodged the charge of First Degree Murder against Parker. This case now considered Cleared/Closed by Arrest. Tenacity and professionalism take another offender off the street. Good Work. Stay Safe!

SPECIAL EVENT

The CAPS Implementation Office will be hosting a three (3) hour housing, educational, and financial resource fair for department members. Please note that many of the vendors will have information for those individuals who are either actively serving or are retired military personnel. This event will be held on 3 November 2007 from 0900 to 1200 hours in the Multi-Purpose Room of Police Headquarters. The event is free. For more information, please contact William Townsell at 7-9984 (bell).

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 14 Oct. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Vicious Robbery Offender Caught by 11th District POs

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division Salutes 11th District Police Officers: Sgt. P. Perkovich, P.O. J. Towey, P.O. T. Gannon, P.O. A. Rosito, P.O. C.Hart, P.O. J. Lipka, and P.O. E. Heidewald.

On 31 Aug. 07, a female was savagely attacked aboard a CTA bus on Roosevelt Rd. The offender viciously stabbed and cut the victim about the head, face and body causing numerous severe cuts and stab wounds and then fled the scene with the victim's purse. The officers responded, secured the crime scene, found two key witnesses and then located the offender.

The officers further canvassed the area and located the victims property. Due to the officers dedication to duty, investigative skills and ability to communicate and work together, a violent Armed Robbery offender was arrested and charged with numerous Felony offenses.

Thanks for a job well done.

THANK YOU!

To the Police Officers who worked the 30th Anniversary of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on Sunday, 07 October 2007, a huge THANK YOU goes out to you for your compassion and extra ordinary efforts shown to the thousands of runners who were overcome by the extreme temperatures. Each and every Officer is to be commended for their outstanding help in assisting the many runners under such extreme conditions.

The actions of these fine Officers most surely assisted in preventing many more injuries in this dangerous situation.

Assistant Deputy Superintendent Ralph Chiczewski

Deputy Chief James Keating

Commander Frank Gross

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Heads Up - Fuel Site Closing on LSD

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Department of Fleet Management facility located at 1000 East Oakwood Boulevard (39th & Lake Shore Drive) will cease its fueling operations effective 12 October 2007 – 1430 hours. Units currently utilizing this fuel site are reminded the most convenient alternate fuel site is located 3746 S. Iron Street.

Area #1 Detective Division Salute of 8th District Officers

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Police Officers:

P.O. Turrise, P.O. Pacceli, P.O. Diaz, P.O. Roa, P.O. White, P.O. Walsh, P.O. Herman, P.O. Candella, P.O. Baglieri

During mid August, a series of Armed Robbery/Car Jackings, occurred in the 8th District. The above Officers realized a pattern was developing and conducted aggressive patrol in the area of occurrence. The Officers managed to apprehend several individuals driving the stolen cars. Area 1 Detectives were contacted and along with the listed officers were able to identify an additional offender. That offender was also arrested by the officers. Due to the diligent efforts of the officers, the victims property was returned and two offenders were charged with numerous counts of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking.

Well done.  Stay Safe!

Monday, 08 October 2007

JOB OPPORTUNITY

The Medical Services Section is seeking sworn members, below the rank of Sergeant, interested in working as Case Managers/Nurses in the MSS. Qualified applicants MUST be classified as a Registered Nurse-R.N. and possess a current Illinois license. Interested members will submit a current resume and TO-FROM report to Inspector Thomas K. Schaedel, Commanding Officer of the Medical Services Section.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Carter Harrison/Lambert Tree ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 9 Oct. 07 in City Hall Council Chambers at 1100 hours. This year, a member from the Chicago Police Department will receive the Carter Harrison medal.

ARE YOU AWARE? The Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is now assigned to the Education and Training Division. The CIT office and training center is located at the CPD’s Alternate Training Facility, Near North High School, 1450 North Larrabee Street, Room 176. The phone number is (312) 337-2853 and fax number is (312) 475-1870.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Interested in becoming a G.R.E.A.T. Instructor? Access the application on the CPD Intranet. Open Bureau Sites, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent, click on Preventive Programs in the tool bar and print the application in the Resources and Forms section. Return the completed application to Unit 132 via fax at 5-6980. For further information contact P.O. Catino at 5-5841. A two week training is scheduled for January 2008.

Sunday, 07 October 2007

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Carter Harrison/Lambert Tree ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 9 Oct. 07 in City Hall Council Chambers at 1100 hours. This year, a member from the Chicago Police Department will receive the Carter Harrison medal.

ARE YOU AWARE?

Applications are being accepted from sworn members below the rank of Captain for Mental Health - Crisis Intervention Team training. This is a 40- hour state certified program that trains officers on how to safely intervene with person in a mental health crisis. Interested Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Police Officers may obtain applications by accessing I-Clear, selecting automated directives, and then entering 15.518 in the order field. Forward completed applications to: CIT Coordinator, Education and Training Division, Unit 124. Further information regarding this program can be obtained by contacting the CIT Coordinator, Lieutenant Jeffry Murphy or Sergeant William Lange at 312-337-2853.

Saturday, 06 October 2007

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes Special Operations Police Officers: P.O. M. Browne,P.O. W. Sweeny, P.O. A. Ferreira, and P.O. A. Valentin. 

On 27 Aug. 07, the officers monitored broadcast of three offenders wanted for an armed robbery at 1832 E. 70th St. The officers observed the offenders who discarded the proceeds after being seen by the officers.

During a foot chase, two offenders were taken into custody. They implicated their accomplice and his residence where the third offender was taken into custody and a handgun recovered. All three were identified in a subsequent line-up and confession was made.

Due to the officers quick response and attention to duty, three felons and a handgun were taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

Friday, 05 October 2007

Cold Case Solves 1979 Homicide--26 Years not enough time to escape murder

In December of 1979, four men were at a nightclub on the West Side of Chicago and began drinking together.  Some time later, they got into a dispute and the offender fired shots inside the establishment, killing the bartender.

The investigation revealed the identity of the offender--but he was nowhere to be found.  He had fled to his native country of Mexico, thinking he could escape justice.

Cold Case Detectives, however, had something different in mind for this offender.

The detectives re-examined the case and learned the offender may have re-entered the country.  Pursuing this information, the detectives continued their investigation, spoke with witnesses and discovered that this murderer had in fact returned to the United States and was in California.

Teaming up with the FBI's Fugitive Task Force, the Cold Case Squad executed a murder warrant upon Roberto Hernandez, for the 1979 shooting death of Bernardo Guillen.  The offender has been charged accordingly.

26 years.  This murderer thought that someone would forget what he had done--that his actions would go unpunished.  He was wrong.

Our hats are off to the Cold Case Squad for their outstanding work.

One case at a time.  Job well done.  Stay safe.

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division salutes 022nd District and Targeted Response Unit officers: P.O. S. Doyle, P.O. M. Falk, P.O. C. Ray, P.O. B. Hall, P.O. T. Krob, and P.O. G. Spacek.

On 08 Jul 07, the officers learned of a vehicle used in the commission of an Armed Robbery. The vehicle was found and the owner of the vehicle was located. The owner matched the physical description of the offender, and he agreed to accompany the officers to the station. The suspect was brought into the 022nd District where a lineup was conducted.

The suspect was positively identified by the victim as the offender from this incident. The offender was then charged accordingly. Due to the diligent search for the offender's vehicle, and the subsequent investigation that revealed the identity of the offender from this incident, a dangerous felon was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Thursday, 04 October 2007

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Interested in becoming a G.R.E.A.T. Instructor? Access the application on the CPD Intranet. Open Bureau Sites, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent, click on Preventive Programs in the tool bar and print the application in the Resources and Forms section. Return the completed application to Unit 132 via fax at 5-6980. For further information contact P.O. Catino at 5-5841. A two week training is scheduled for January 2008.

SPECIAL EVENT

Volunteers are needed to help TEAM CPD MEMORIAL, 5-7 October 2007, during the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon weekend. Please email r2remember@gmail.com

or leave a message at (312) 745-5286.

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 14 Oct. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

Wednesday, 03 October 2007

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Tuesday, 02 October 2007

THANK YOU!

On behalf of the Special Functions Group, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all of the support by members of the Chicago Police Department during the Mayor’s Hemispheric Forum. Your professionalism was evident with all of the participants. Once again thank you for proudly representing the City.

Assistant Deputy Superintendent Ralph Chiczewski

SALUTE Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 6th District Police Officers

SALUTE Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 6th District Police Officers:

P.O. A. Janik and P.O. A. Bruno

On 6 Aug. 07, two offenders used a shotgun to commit an armed robbery. These officers monitored the dispatched call with a description of the offenders and their vehicle, which was stolen. Due to the officers experience and knowledge of the area, they began touring the most likely areas of flight. Within minutes of the robbery these officers apprehended the offenders exiting the stolen van, recovered the victims property and also recovered the shotgun. Both offenders were charged and one who was a juvenile was charged as an adult.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Monday, 01 October 2007

Citizen thanks Officers for their concern

September 26, 2007

Alderman Tom Allen of the 38th Ward

RE: Conduct of District 16 police officers

Dear Tom Allen,

I was in a car accident on August 4th. I avoided hitting a small boy when he darted out in front of my car, swerved and crashed into a tree. Thank God for Honda and their safe SUV they made that year. I owe my life to the car, paramedics and the two police officers who assisted me.

The officers were Guiterez and Ponti.

They were prompt at arriving on the scene and made sure I was handled with great care. I was told I could be dead right now due to a punctured lung if anyone had moved me too much. I ended up with a broken clavicle, scapula, four broken ribs and two black eyes. I had cuts and scrapes on me and I am sure it was very difficult to get to me or my belongings. If it hadn’t been for their prompt response I could have woke up from being knocked out and injured myself permanently.

I was in the hospital for almost two weeks. After the accident I called the precinct to thank them for all of their help and was so surprised to hear that they were truly concerned about my well being. I almost want to say I could feel over the phone by the tone of their voice how worried they were and how happy they were to know I was alive and well. I made a call into them and they called me back within an hour. I could not believe it. I was also impressed with the time frame of their returned call.

I want to thank you for having people so incredibly strong, calm and concerned to help people when they are in need within your ward. I wish everyone could be like that. It is so nice when you are going through something traumatic and someone you don’t know is extra nice to you. Maybe this is how everyone is suppose to respond but I commend them for it.

I think that is what helps everyone keep on going, to be honest. Please commend these wonderful officers for their assistance.

Thank you for your time and all of your hard work!

Sincerely,

Nicole Neary

SALUTE Area One Detective Division Salutes 7th District Police Officers

SALUTE Area One Detective Division Salutes 7th District Police Officers:

P.O. M. Cooper and P.O. B. Swiatkowski

On 30 Jul. 07, P.O.s were on routine patrol when a flash message was sent out of a burglary in progress. Physical descriptions of the offenders were given via radio from OEC. The officers responded quickly, toured the area and observed the offenders in the alley near the scene of the crime. The Officers approached the offenders and detained them for further investigation. With a positive ID of the offenders from the witness, offenders were taken into custody. Due to the officers attention to duty and aggressiveness, two offenders were arrested and charged with Residential Burglary. Proceeds from the burglary were returned to the victim/owner.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

SALUTE Major Accident Investigation Unit salutes 25th District Police Officers:

SALUTE Major Accident Investigation Unit salutes 25th District Police Officers:

P.O. M. Kearns and P.O. J. Witt

On 09 Jun. 07, while on routine patrol the officers observed a pickup truck with expired plates hauling a motorcycle on its rear bed. A traffic stop revealed the motorcycle was to have been towed and was to be held for investigation. The driver, passenger, and the vehicles were relocated to 25th District for further investigation. The passenger later admitted to being involved in a crash where he struck a pedestrian and had fled the scene on foot. Due to the Officers detail to duty, the victims positive identification, and the offenders admission, felony charges were subsequently approved.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe!

17th District Successes

Submitted by Lieut. Joseph Porebski #780

Tactical Lieutenant 17th District

The following incidents describe the fine work done by the men and women of the 17th District on a daily basis:

Weapons Violation

4626 N. Kelso 06SEP07

Ofc. NESTOROWICZ and CHAPELLO responded to a call of disturbance with noise and dog abuse at the above location. Upon arrival they observed a subject standing at the door. The subject saw the officers then ran upstairs. The officers followed and caught up with the subject at the door of his apartment. The officers observed on the counter .45 ammunition. A further search of the location revealed an unregistered .45 cal semiautomatic handgun. The OFFENDER was charged accordingly.

Battery Aggravated/Knife

4752 W. Belmont 08SEP07

Ofc. COLLAZO and MARTINEZ responded to multiple calls of a fight and a man stabbed. Upon arrival at Cicero and Belmont, they discovered that the incident resulted from a conflict between the Latin Brothers and Latin Kings. They began a thorough interview and detained all witnesses for further investigation. Tactical Officers MELOSCIA, LOPEZ, FOSS and DRIVER also responded and with a coordinated effort were able to arrest four of the five involved OFFENDERs, several for criminal damage to vehicle and one repeat OFFENDER for aggravated battery with a knife. The VICTIM survived the encounter with two stab wounds and eight broken ribs.

Assault Aggravated w/handgun

3230 W. Belmont 24SEP07

Ofc. CWYNAR and CYHANIUK responded to a call of a man with a gun on the street. Upon arrival they met with the VICTIM who pointed out two subjects who had pointed a gun at him. The officers gave chase as the two OFFENDERS split up. A short foot chase ensued in which both OFFENDERs were apprehended and the weapon, a .38 revolver was recovered. The OFFENDERs were both charged with felony offenses.

To all of the officers mentioned here, and many others protecting the Albany Park Community, a job well done!

Stay safe.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

RICHARD A. DEVINE STATE'S ATTORNEY

CRIMINAL DIVISION DISTRICT

SKOKIE, ILLINOIS

September 12, 2007

Superintendent Dana Starks

Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department

Dear Superintendent Starks:

I am writing to bring to your attention the excellent police work done by Sgt. Jon P. Hein (15th Dist.) and Officer Brian G. Murphy ( 24th Dist.) on a case in which a woman was brutally beaten and car jacked in Skokie. The defendant recently pled guilty to 25 years IDOC under People v. Richard Graves, 05CR-5305.

Two days after the attack in which the victim had her car and purse taken, Sgt. Rein and Officer Murphy stopped a car in which the defendant, Richard Graves, was a passenger. The defendant was seen tossing a cannabis cigarette and placed under arrest. PO Rein and Murphy found on the defendant the victim's driver's license and a key that matched the make of the car taken.

After questioning the defendant, he took Sgt. Rein and Officer Murphy to where he had left the car. The car was recovered and defendant's prints found inside. The defendant subsequently made admissions to Skokie police detectives.

If not for the attention paid by Sgt. Rein and Officer Murphy to the crime reports coming out of Skokie and recognizing both the name of the victim and type of car she was driving, this crime may never have been solved. Their attention to detail and constant vigilance are a credit to the Chicago Police Department.

Additionally, their professionalism during the numerous pretrial motions helped assure that all the evidence was admitted. I wish to commend their efforts.

Respectfully,

Martin F. Moore, ASA

Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Skokie IL

cc: Commander 15th District; Commander 24th District.

Friday, 28 September 2007

                            3rd Annual Call Box Cup

Chicago Fire Dept. Soccer vs Chicago Police Soccer

06OCT07 Toyota Park 3:00pm

Schedule of Events:

3:00 Police vs. Fire

4:30 Tailgating and other activites outside Toyota Park

7:30 New England Revoulution vs. Chicago Fire of the MLS

Tickets for both games are $20 with $5 of every ticket going to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Entry to both games on same ticket and seating for the New England vs Chicago are in $25 seats.

Police are 4-0 all-time against the Fire Dept.

If Police win it will make for another full athletic sweep against the Fire Dept. (Hockey & Baseball both won)

More Details check www.cpdsoccer.com

KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, Seattle,WA

Susan L. Rahr, Sheriff

August 27, 2007

Commander Joe Salemme

Chicago Police Department Area 5 Detective Division

Re: King County Sheriff's Office Case #07-205966

Dear Commander Salemme:

On July 10, 2007, a cab driver in the city of SeaTac, Washington, was murdered and his body and vehicle subsequently set on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime. This was an exceptionally senseless and brutal crime. Detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit immediately began an investigation that lead to the identification of two suspects, Earnest and Vernell Collins. Further investigation led to Probable Cause being established for the arrest of Earnest Collins for Murder, and the arrest of Vernell Collins on an outstanding warrant. It was determined that both may have fled to relatives in the Chicago area.

After obtaining two possible addresses where they might be located, King County Detective Pavlovich contacted Detective Rutherford in the Area 5 office on the morning of July 23. Detective Pavlovich explained the circumstances to him and requested his assistance in locating and arresting both Earnest and Vernell. Acting immediately, by 1200 hours that afternoon Detective Rutherford and his partner Detective Mancuso had located and arrested both suspects. King County Detectives Jake Pavlovich, Dave Keller and Elly Broggi flew to Chicago on July 27 to pick up both suspects for transport back to Seattle. Given the nature of the case, they also wanted to attempt separate interviews with each suspect.

Upon their arrival, circumstances forced them to separate and split up assignments. Detective Pavlovich subsequently met with Detectives Mancuso and Ruben Weber, who were more than willing to offer their help. Taking time out of their obviously busy schedule, they drove Detective Pavlovich to the Cook County Jail to pick up Earnest Collins, and then back to the 25th District, where they provided a holding cell, interview area and additional assistance and resources.

When it was time to return to the airport, Detective James Gilger graciously offered to drive Detective Pavlovich to O'Hare Airport, along with Earnest Collins, and waited there with them until the arrival of Detectives Broggi and Keller. We are extremely impressed with the dedication and professionalism of each detective who assisted us during this investigation. Their quick response and arrest of both suspects, and subsequent help when our detectives arrived in Chicago, was and is greatly appreciated.

Obviously, your detectives were extremely busy with their own assignments, yet they still took valuable time out of their day. And in the case of Detectives Mancuso and Weber, they worked overtime to help us when called upon.

I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Detectives: R. Rutherford, M. Mancuso, R. Weber and J. Gilger, for their assistance to us in this investigation.

Respectfully,

Gregory Dymerski, Chief

Criminal Investigations Division

cc: Captain Debbie Huntsinger, Sergeant DB Gates, Sergeant Mark Toner, Detective Jake Pavlovich, Detective Dave Keller, Detective Elly Broggi

Thursday, 27 September 2007

September 11, 2007

Dana V. Starks

Interim Superintendent

Chicago Police Department

Dear Superintendent Starks:

This letter comes to you to commend 2 police officers under the command of Bruce Rottner in the 24th District for their professionalism and good judgment. The officers that I am speaking of are Michael Seiser and James Muzupappa.

There was an incident, actually two incidents that took place at Loyola Beach and Park on Labor Day. My daughter, Dana and I were enjoying a day at the beach when an inebriated man approached us. Despite our efforts to ignore him he lingered around us all the while making sexual innuendos. He then moved to another place in the sand to bother a lone woman reading in her beach chair. She ignored him the best she could until she saw that his pants were down and he was exposing himself to not only her but 2 young girls playing near by. At this time my daughter and I got up to leave when we saw and heard the woman yell out that this man was exposing himself. I immediately went to her side then called the police then ran to tell the lifeguard. The man was clearly "out of it" and was escorted off the beach by about 10 lifeguards and mates, the woman, myself, and my daughter. We made it through the park to the Circle Planters where all of the other riff raff hang out.

At that time the police arrived. We were filling out a report to press charges and agreed to go to court. When this was happening, I explained to the police officer that the area (Circle Planters) is over run with this pack of drug dealing, drunks who do nothing but harass, loiter, litter and generally break the law and make it uneasy for those of us who live in the area. The officer looked over and saw what he thought might be someone drinking so he went over to inquire.

Next thing I knew he and the suspected drinker were in a physical altercation. Words were hollered out by the suspect. He threw his drink (can of beer) at the police officer. I immediately told the officer who was filling out the report that his partner needed reinforcement. A chase ensued through the alley and around the block.

Long story short more police arrived on the scene and they caught the guy.

The officers came back to finish the report on the initial arrest and to take our information as witnesses to this second situation. Honestly, while watching this second incident "go down" it might have been easy for the officer to pull his gun. Actually I thought that might happen next and I was about to run and take cover. But he did not. There were many people around and that could have been very tragic.

The suspect reached into his pocket and who knows what he might have been pulling out? As it turns out it was his beer can, but none the less, the officer used good judgment by quickly scanning the scene only to see that there were many people around and it would not have been a wise decision to do so.

My gratitude goes out to Officer Seiser and Officer Muzupappa #3175 for helping to take care and bring awareness to a situation that has needed attention for quite some time now.

Later that evening we were asked by Detective Perry to come in to the 24th District Police Station to give a statement to him and the Assistant States Attorney, which we did. Might I add that we were treated with the utmost professionalism and respect by all.

In closing, I have to say after witnessing it first hand that all police officers take their lives in their hands to uphold the law and protect the public but I am grateful that it was Officer Seiser and Officer Muzupappa who arrived on the scene. My daughter Dana, myself and the other witness will be going court on October 4 for the first incident of drunk and disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

I will await the court hearing for the second, more serious crime.

Sincerely,

Liz Sarnik

Chicago, IL

cc: Commander Bruce Rottner 24th District

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

August 27, 2007

Hon. Mayor Richard M. Daley

City of Chicago

Dear Mayor Daley:

I wanted to write a letter on behalf of Chicago Police Department Marine Unit 059 Sgt. Rick Erbacci and Officer Ed Echevarria to thank them for their outstanding, response to my boating emergency last night in Lake Michigan. I experienced a total mechanical breakdown about 10 miles out of Lake Michigan (I thought it was only 5 miles) and contacted 911. Because of my loss of power and loss of my GPS navigation as well, I was unable to give precise information regarding my location, and at one point a helicopter was about to be dispatched to my position.

From the moment I contacted Chicago 911 emergency, I could see how extremely smooth and precise the response was, and before long I was rescued by the above named officers, who towed me back into port. I was extremely impressed by the efficiency and effectiveness of the marine response system, and was contacted by several members of CPD, CPD marine, CPD helicopter rescue as well as the 911 operator (who was also extremely helpful).

At no point in time did I feel as though I was in danger due to the profesisonalism of your CPD marine unit; however, given my rather distant location from the city, it could have been a much different result. When Sgt Erbacci and Officer Echevarria arrived, they were extremely professional and efficient. I was towed back 10 miles to Diversey Harbor and it would not have been unexpected for either of these officers to reprimand me for having this incident; however they were very polite, exemplified the finest in professionalism and very kind as well, living up to the reputation of being "Chicago's Finest"

Because I am so grateful to these fine officers and to your entire 911 emergency operation (which worked perfectly, in my opinion), I felt compelled to write this letter of appreciation and commendation towards these individuals and to the department as a whole. It truly makes one feel safe and secure in event of such emergencies.

Sincerely,

Matsuo Ikuhura, M.D.

Schaumburg, IL

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Outstanding Police work by Targeted Response

The following Targeted Response Unit officers and supervisors were involved in this incident:

R. Fischer, M. Mendoza, H. Allen, P. Haritos, S. Maglaras, P. Torres, L. Prieto, N. Griffin, S. Liarokos. Lt. T. Shouse, Sgt J. Ryle, Sgt. W. Wolf, Sgt. M. Lamberg, Sgt. L. Sprandel and Sgt. A. Costello.

While patrolling the 5th District Level I deployment zone, at approximately 2147 hrs, 24 Sept 07, at 11217 S. Michigan, officers observed two victims emerge from the business wearing only their underwear.  The victims related there were armed offenders inside the store and that they had just been robbed.  The officers immediately requested assistance and entered the establishment.  They observed the offenders flee toward the rear of the store and then disappear behind a wall and down a long narrow corridor.  The officers posted at the entrance of the corridor while assisting TRU officers guarded the front and rear of the large multi-unit retail building.  Once the scene was secure, officers covering the inner corridor ordered any and all individuals to come out with their hands visible.  Two of the offenders entered the hallway wearing only their underwear claiming to be victims.  Realizing the possibility of these so called victims actually being the offenders, the officers placed both in custody and separated them and remained posted on the corridor.  OEMC was notified that an armed offender was still in the building and SWAT was requested.  The officers held the corridor until SWAT arrived with additional responding units from TRU who were posted on the perimeter and diverted foot and vehicle securing a two block area.

SWAT made entry to the building conducted a systematic search and found the third offender hiding in a second floor utility closet.  The search also turned up the shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol.

While maintaining the perimeter, TRU officers were informed that a female who was sitting in a parked vehicle was part of the robbery team.   All of the offenders were positively ID'd by the real victims.  All concerned were transported to Area #2 for processing.

Good police work results in bad guys being taken off the streets.  Job well done.  Stay Safe!

Monday, 24 September 2007

Central Investigation Salutes 10th District Officers

Central Investigation Detectives salute 10th District Police Officers: Sgt. R. Blas, P.O. J. Tamez, P.O. J. Tuman,

On 23 Aug 07, detectives assigned to the Cold Case Squad requested assistance from the 10th District Tactical Unit. The detectives needed to conduct a line-up at Area Four and required assistance. A call was made to Sgt. Blas for assistance. Sgt. Blas immediately assigned P.O. Tamez and P.O. Tuman to assist the Detectives with the investigation. Within 15 minutes after making the call, P.O.’s Tamez and Tuman arrived at Area Four to assist the R/Ds with the investigation and in conducting a line-up. Thanks to Sgt. Blas, P.O. Tamez and P.O. Tuman, a successful line-up was conducted that resulted in the offender being charged with Robbery. The offender, along with two other subjects, had robbed a senior citizen.

The officers are to be commended for their quick response, dedication to duty and their willingness to cooperate with an outside unit.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Area Two Salute Forensic Services Officers

Area Two Detective Division Salutes Forensic Services Officers: E.T. M. Flisk , E.T. D. Rosinski, L.P.E. L. Cumming, L.P.E. M. Jones

On 30 Jun. 07, a cellular phone store located in the 022nd district was burglarized. The offenders smashed display cases and took numerous cellular phones from the scene. One suspect was questioned at length but he stood firm in denying his culpability. Flisk & Rosinski recovered prints from one of the display cases. Cummings matched the print to the suspect and Jones corroborated the match. The suspect, now an offender, was arrested. He then admitted to his nefarious conduct and was charged with burglary. Because of the thorough search for evidence at the scene and the efficient identification of the suspects fingerprints, a burglary offender could no longer evade justice.

Thanks for job well done.  Stay Safe!

Area #4 Detectives Salute 10th District Officers

SALUTE Area 4 Detective Division salutes 10th District Police Officers P.O. A. Tillmon, P.O. T. Finley, P.O. R. Gonzalez, P.O. A. Silva, P.O. E. Perez, P.O. J. Kitching

On 07 Aug. 07, an armed offender beat an elderly man and discharged a handgun while taking the victims money. The officers noticed the victims serious head wound and summoned EMS. Minutes later, the offender was located and fled as the officers approached. During a lengthy foot chase, the offender forced entry to a nearby residence through a glass door. As he entered the jagged opening attempting to hide from the officers, the offender suffered a large gaping wound from a shard of glass which required emergency surgery. The officers located the offender and immediately summoned EMS. Due to the officers team work and quick response, immediate threats to the victim and offenders lives were averted, and the offender was able to be appropriately charged with his crimes.

Thanks for a job well done. Stay Safe!

Thursday, 20 September 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The Celebration concert will be on 22 September 2007 at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Ave, from 1900-2200. Police Bagpipes Bands from New York and New Jersey as well as other Irish entertainers are performing. Please support an organization that supports you. Tickets available online at www.copsinkilts.com. For more information contact Det. Jon Harmening (773) 410-9779.

MEETING NOTICE

The CPD Chorale is rehearsing Saturday, 22 Sep. 07, 0930 hours at the Education and Training Division. All are welcome to join us as we prepare to acknowledge the unique contributions of some of our officers at a special ceremony at the Daley Plaza next week. CHAPLAINS CORNER The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 23 Sep. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation presents the 3rd Annual TRUE BLUE AWARDS on Sunday, 4 Nov. 07. To request tickets, email: mpgfund@comcast.net   or call (630) 660-7643.

For more information contact Officer Hudson at (312) 745-6308.

FITNESS AWARD

On-line registration for the 2007 Fitness Incentive test will be available through the Department Intranet during the month of September. Testing will begin 1 October and continue through 26 October at the Education & Training Division. You must register on-line in order to be tested. See the Education & Training Division website or Department Notice 07-XX for more information.

SPECIAL EVENT

On 6 Oct. 07, the Chicago Fire of the MLS will be hosting a Police/Fire night vs. New England with discounted tickets for Department members and their families. A portion of the ticket sales will be going to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The day of events starts at 1500 hours with the Chicago Police Soccer Team vs. the New England Revolution at 1900 hours with admittance to both games on the same ticket. Tailgating and activities are planned in between games. For ticket and more information check www.cpdsoccer.com.

MEETING NOTICE

The CPD Chorale is rehearsing Saturday, 22 Sep. 07, 0930 hours at the Education and Training Division. All are welcome to join us as we prepare to acknowledge the unique contributions of some of our officers at a special ceremony at the Daley Plaza next week.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

SALUTE

Area 5 Detective Division Salutes Evidence Technician Team-North Officers: E.T. Rodriquez and E.T. Caldbeck.

The above Evidence Technicians were able to successfully lift friction ridge impressions on two separate burglary investigations which the latent Print Unit submitted to AFIS and matched to a single offender. The offender was arrested and during interviews confessed to committing several burglaries in the area. Due to E.T.’s Rodriquez & Caldbecks proficiency and professionalism an offender was charged with two burglaries and area 5 was able to clear numerous burglaries in the 14th District.

Job well done.  Stay safe.

Monday, 17 September 2007

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4th Annual Chicago Police Memorial Foundation   

      Candlelight Vigil

Chicago, IL- September 18, 2007 -

We will honor the lives of the 520 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and add the names of six new heroes to the wall at this year's Candlelight Vigil at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday Sept 18th at 7:30 PM at the park, located on the Lakefront just east of Soldier Field. Complimentary parking is available in the Waldron Parking Garage and South Lot of Soldier Field.

All CPD members, Family and Friends are encouraged to attend this event.

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The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation looks to " Never Forget" the sacrifices that have been made for the city of Chicago, its citizens, and businesses when an Officer is killed in the line of duty or meets with a catastrophic injury.

The Foundation has been organized for the purposes of paying tribute and providing assistance to those Chicago Police Officers and/or their families who live each and every day to protect us.

MEETING NOTICES

The next meeting of the Chicago Chapter of N.O.B.L.E., wil lbe held at the Life Center Church of God and Christ, located at 5500 S. Indiana, Wednesday, 19 Sep. 07 at 1800 hours.

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The CPD Chorale is rehearsing Saturday, 22 Sep. 07, 0930 hours at the Education and Training Division. All are welcome to join us as we prepare to acknowledge the unique contributions of some of our officers at a special ceremony at the Daley Plaza next week.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Irish American Police Association Emerald Society) will hold its Annual Dinner Dance/Awards Night on Friday, 28 Sep. 07, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel, 350 N. Orleans, 1900 hours. For ticket information contact P.O Debbie O’Connor-Dimaggio at (312) 745-5420 or visit the website at www.EMERALDSOCIETYOFILLINOIS.ORG .

SALUTE

Area One Detective Division Salutes 009th District Police Officers: P.O. E. Murphy and P.O. T. Tantillo.

On 18 Jul. 07, the officers responded to a burglary in progress call in the area of 54th and Morgan. Upon arrival, the above officers observed the offender forcibly enter the rear of the building. The officers secured the perimeter as Officer Tantillo ordered the Offender out of the building. At this point, the offender forcibly exited the front of the building and was apprehended by Officer Murphy.

The offender was placed in custody with burglary tools and proceeds being recovered. Felony Review was notified and felony charges were approved.

Due to their rapid response to the scene of a crime along with their tactical acumen to secure the perimeter the offender was charged with a felony and placed into our criminal justice system.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

Candlelight Vigil Set for September 18th

SPECIAL EVENT

This Tuesday, 18 Sep. 07 at 1930 hours the Chicago Police Department will host a candlelight vigil to honor the fallen officers whose names are inscribed on our Memorial Wall. All department members, as well as their family and friends are encouraged to join us for this memorial service.

The ceremony will take place at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, located just east of Soldier Field along Lake Michigan. Take Lake Shore Drive from the north or south and exit at 18th street.

All will be directed to complimentary parking available in the Waldron Garage and the Soldier Field south lot.

Police personnel are encouraged to wear their Dress Uniform for the ceremony.

Friday, 14 September 2007

19th District on the job

A salute to 019th District members Sergeant Michael Prusank, Officers J. Riffert, K. Podgorski, D. Diaz, S. Hoffman, and C. Streff, along with Area Three Detective Division Personnel Sergeant Mike Ogliore, Detectives T. Ward and B. Foria. 

Armed robbery charges were approved against an offender arrested 11 September 07 for a 9 September 2007 robbery in the 019th District.  This robbery was part of a pattern of armed robberies of dry cleaners and small retail stores in the district that has been the subject of a recent Community Alert.

A map was created with the locations of the robberies and, with the help of the Department of Revenue, the location of all of the dry cleaners (102) in the 019th District.  This information was shared with the detective division and neighboring districts and manpower was deployed accordingly.

The offender was arrested when alert members of the district burglary mission team realized that the description of the offender in the Alert was similar to an individual that they knew had been active pawning merchandise in the district and had numerous prior arrests and had ties to the area.  These officers, armed with a picture of the individual, located him in the vicinity of the most recent robbery and followed him to a nearby dry-cleaners, where they observed him repeatedly walk back and forth in front of the establishment.  A marked squad car responding to an unrelated car caused the individual to flee into a nearby coffee shop.  The officers pursued the individual and observed a red handled butcher knife protruding from his pants pocket.  They were also aware that the weapon used in the latest armed robbery was a red handled kitchen knife.  The offender was taken into custody at this time and transported to the district station. 

Meanwhile, the victim of the latest robbery realized that she recognized the offender from selling him clothes and that he had frequented the area years ago.  She contacted neighbors and fellow store owners and was able to obtain the name of a  possible offender.  She contacted Area 3 detectives with this information.  Immediately upon receiving this information, the detectives went to the district tactical office to share this information.  Upon their arrival, they were informed that the individual in question was already in custody, arrested by the burglary team just a few minutes before. 

The offender was positively identified in a lineup by the victim and charges of armed robbery were approved by the ASA.  Additional charges are pending additional investigation.  This crime pattern of eight armed robberies should be cleared by this arrest.

This was an outstanding arrest by an alert group of dedicated officers that were made aware of this crime pattern by the combined efforts of the district officers and the area detectives

Area #4 Detectives Salute 11th District Officers

Area 4 Detective Division Salutes 11th District Police Officers: P.O. N. Harb, P.O. C. Sanchez, P.O. A. Beluso, P.O. J. Towey

On 21 Jul. 07, a female was accosted in the elevator of her residence. The offender began choking the victim and forced her into a room where he removed her pants and began grabbing her about her body. The offender fled the scene when a witness approached. On 23 Jul. 07, Sgt. Harb located the victim and learned the offender was nearby. Assisting officers converged on the area and the offender was subsequently arrested without incident. Due to the rapid response of the officers, a dangerous predator was arrested and charged with Robbery, Kidnapping and additional charges of Attempt Criminal Sexual Assault are now pending.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Thursday, 13 September 2007

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 4th District Police Officers:

P.O. M. Gaines, P.O. L. Ruiz, and P.O. M. Jurassi.

On 26 Jul. 07, at 9117 S. Commercial, an offender robbed a woman as she was walking with her 3 year old niece in the afternoon. The incident was observed by the officers, who pursued the offender on foot.

The offender fled through two separate buildings during the pursuit. He was apprehended by the officers a short time later and then positively identified by the victim as the offender who had robbed her.

Because of their quick reaction and dedication to duty, a dangerous felon was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

SALUTE

Area 3 Detective Division Salutes 20th District Police Officer: P.O. K. Clyne. 

On 17 Jul. 07, Officer Clyne while on patrol, observed a handicapped senior citizen walking down the street, when without warning was brutally attacked by a single offender, who pushed him to the ground causing a serious head injury. Officer Clyne immediately took police action, placed the offender under arrest, and summoned an ambulance for the injured victim. It was later learned the offender was a career criminal with 113 prior arrests, 27 felony and 70 misdemeanors with a total of 31 convictions. He was a paroled felon who showed no remorse for his crime when he was arrested.

Thanks to the quick thinking and alert reaction to a crime in progress, Officer Clyne was able to stop this vicious, unprovoked attack on a defenseless citizen and placed the offender into custody.  The offender was subsequently charged with 3 Aggravated Felonies.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Irish American Police Association Emerald Society) will hold its Annual Dinner Dance/Awards Night on Friday, 28 Sep. 07, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel, 350 N. Orleans, 1900 hours.

For ticket information contact O Debbie O’Connor-Dimaggio at (312) 745-5420 or visit the website at www.EMERALDSOCIETYOFILLINOIS.ORG.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The Celebration concert will be on 22 September 2007 at Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Ave, from 1900-2200. Police Bagpipes Bands from New York and New Jersey as well as other Irish entertainers are performing. Please support an organization that supports you.

Tickets available online at www.copsinkilts.com . For more information contact Det. Jon Harmening (773) 410-9779.

Paul and Karin O'Connor

Chicago, Illinois 60614

August 2, 2007

Commander Steven Georges

Chicago Police Department, 18th District

Dear Commander Georges:

I am writing to let you know how grateful our family is for the quick thinking and actions taken by a group of your officers when our home was burglarized on June 8. Officer William Garcia responded to our security alarm activation dispatch. He observed activity in the back of our house through the window and went to the back to investigate.

The two suspects saw him and ran from the house; he pursued them through the alley to Fullerton Ave., where they boarded a CTA bus. Officer Garcia called a squad car to pull the bus over, and the two young men were arrested. Thanks to the actions of Officer Garcia and follow-up by him and his colleagues, James Boyce, Ron Miller, and Adam Andrews, we recovered virtually all of our stolen property.

They were also thoughtful and courteous as they walked us through the various reporting steps and have been diligent in their follow up with the State's Attorney's office. We are happy to know that officers like these are part of our neighborhood and owe them our sincere thanks. You and the rest of the Department leadership can certainly be proud of them.

Sincerely,

Karin O'Connor

THANK YOU!

I would like to thank all CPD & OEMC members detailed to the African Festival Of The Arts, 31 August thru 3 September 2007. Your professionalism and response to citizens attending the fest was appreciated, in dealing with one of the largest events in Washington Park.

Thank you for a job well done!

Lynette S. Helm District Commander 2nd District

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Area 3 Salute for a 20th District Officer

Area 3 Detective Division Salutes 20th District Police Officer:

P.O. K. Clyne

On 17 Jul. 07, Officer Clyne while on patrol, observed a handicapped senior citizen walking down the street, when without warning was brutally attacked by a single offender, who pushed him to the ground causing a serious head injury. Officer Clyne immediately took police action, placed the offender under arrest, and summoned an ambulance for the injured victim. It was later learned the offender was a career criminal with 113 prior arrests, 27 felony and 70 misdemeanors with a total of 31 convictions. He was a paroled felon who showed no remorse for his crime when he was arrested. Thanks to the quick thinking and alert reaction to a crime in progress, Officer Clyne was able to stop this vicious, unprovoked attack on a defenseless citizen and placed him into custody, subsequently charged with 3 Aggravated Felonies.

Thanks for being the police.  Stay safe!

Monday, 10 September 2007

This is the real "Cops"

Heads up police work by the following 2nd District Officers:

E. Moser, M. Keeney, A. Walker, S. Gale, D. Edwards, S. King, M. Lyke and H. Goolsby and Area #1 Detectives J. Scanlon and A. Powell.

Victims Jalal Malone, M/19 and Corey Dillard, M/18 were standing at 58th and Calumet, at 0121 hours, 8 Sept 07, when a vehicle stopped and opened fire.  Malone suffered GSWs to his left thigh, chest and neck and is in serious condition, Dillard was DOA.  At 5741 S. Calumet, Nina Collins, F/26 was hit by stray gunfire.  The bad guys fled in a vehicle north on Calumet and east on 57th.  Responding 2nd District officer put out a flash.  Additional 2nd District units spotted the bad guys at 410 E. 51st and the offenders bailed.  They were pursued on foot and 3 of the 4 taken into custody.  The officers also recovered a Glock 9mm and 2 Ruger 9mm.  All concerned were taken in the Deuce where Area #1 Detectives processed the case and got 1st Degree murder charges on Brian Collins, m/34, Jaryan Gills, M. 26 and Alfredo Washington, M/29.  All involved except Collins are Gangster Disciples. 

These are the stories you will never see on "Cops".   Any police officer worth his salt  knows that real police work involves much more than a traffic stop of someone who has too much to drink or the drunk that is involved in a domestic and provides entertainment for someone sitting at home watching  TV.  The challenges a police officer faces on a daily basis are difficult enough without the burden of adding a TV crew to the mix.   

Excellent work.  Stay Safe!

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division salutes 022nd District Police Officers and Targeted Response Unit Police Officers:

P.O. S. Doyle, P.O. M. Falk, P.O. C. Ray, P.O. B. Hall, P.O. G. Spacek, and P.O. T. Krob.

On 08 Jul 2007, the officers learned of a vehicle used in the commission of an armed robbery. The vehicle was found and the owner of the vehicle was located. The owner matched the physical description of the offender, and he agreed to accompany the officers to the station.

The suspect was brought into the 022nd District where a lineup was conducted. The suspect was positively identified by the victim as the offender from this incident.

The offender was then charged accordingly. Due to the diligent search for the offenders vehicle, and the subsequent investigation that revealed the identity of the offender from this incident, a dangerous felon was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

SPECIAL EVENT

The annual candlelight vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park will be held on 18 Sep. 07 at 1930 hours. All department members and their extended family are invited to attend as we honor the 520 individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these heroes will be read aloud during this ceremony. Complimentary parking will be available in the Waldron Deck Parking Garage and the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field. Any individuals, who would like to volunteer, or to be part of this ceremony, should contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section for further information. Send your inquires to Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org

SPECIAL EVENT

Volunteers are being sought to read the names aloud of the fallen officers during the Annual Candlelight Vigil to be held Tuesday 18 Sep. 07, 1930 hours, at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. We will attempt to accommodate special requests to read specific names of fallen officers by partners, family and friends. To volunteer please contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section via email Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org

Sunday, 09 September 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Interim Superintendent Dana Starks

Chicago Police Department

Chicago, IL 60653

Dear Superintendent Starks,

Please commend Officer Paul Cirrincione, of the 24th District Police Department for his thorough and prompt apprehension of a thief who broke into my home during my absence on August 4, 2007, and stole my purse containing all my valuable addresses, credit cards, cash and to add to my distress, my hearing aid.

He climbed in through a back window and had he not been heard by my son who had just entered my front door would probably have taken even more property. Twenty Fourth District Officer Cirrincione responded to the call for assistance and within a short time located the offender and placed him under arrest. This person had robbed several homes in Rogers Park and the law will deal with him in an appropriate manner.

Officer Cirrincione was polite, thorough in gathering the necessary information and I am grateful for his kind manner and intelligence. Please place a copy of this letter of commendation into Officer Cirrincione's file, he is a real asset to the Department.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Gilda Wrenn

Chicago, IL

Copy to:

Commander Bruce Rottner

24th Police District

Saturday, 08 September 2007

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 9 Sep. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

SPECIAL EVENT

Chicago’s Finest vs. Chicago’s Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, 8 Sep. 07. A pre-game celebration will be held in Purple Lot beginning at 1030 hours and will include Canine, Mounted, D.A.R.E., CAPS, childrens activities & face painting. Gate F will open at 1130 hours and game time is 1300 hours. Tickets available at Wrigley Field on game day, Gate F only, or from members of the Chicago Police & Fire Baseball teams. For additional information go to www.chicagosfinestbaseball.com or www.chicagosbravestbaseball.com.

SPECIAL EVENT

On Saturday, 8 September 2007, at 0900 hours a Public Auction of Abandoned & Unclaimed Vehicles recovered by the Chicago Police Department will be held at the Police Pound #1, at 650 W. 83rd St. This includes approximately 150 vehicles & Confiscated vehicles which the general public may purchase. All sales final, cash only. Vehicles to be sold “AS IS”. No Department members may bid on the vehicles.

MEETING NOTICES

The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association Oktoberfest general membership meeting will be held on 11 Sep. 07, at Mirabell Restaurant, 3454 W. Addison, at 1800 hours. All active and retired Lieutenants are welcome. Food and refreshments will be served.

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The CPD Chorale is rehearsing Saturday, 8 Sep. 07, 0930 hours at the Training Academy. All singers are welcome to join us as we prepare to honor our fallen officers in song at a special ceremony this month.

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The Emerald Society (Irish American Police Association) will hold its Annual Scholarship Night on Monday, 10 Sep. 07, at Assumption Church, 323 W. Illinois, 1900 hours. All current members and new prospective members are encouraged to attend. Half way to St. Patricks Day will be celebrated with dinner and refreshments.

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Friday, 07 September 2007

Police/Fire Baseball

SPECIAL EVENT

Chicago’s Finest vs. Chicago’s Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, 8 Sep. 07. A pre-game celebration will be held in Purple Lot beginning at 1030 hours and will include Canine, Mounted, D.A.R.E., CAPS, children's activities & face painting. Gate F will open at 1130 hours and game time is 1300 hours. Tickets available at Wrigley Field on game day, Gate F only, or from members of the Chicago Police & Fire Baseball teams. For additional information go to www.chicagosfinestbaseball.com or www.chicagosbravestbaseball.com.

Area 5 Salute of 25th District Officers

SALUTE Area 5 Detective Division Salutes 25th District Police Officers

P.O. Hoeger, P.O. Tapia, P.O. Orsa,  P.O. Warzynski,  P.O. Bronkema,

On 9 Jul. 07, a sexually motivated home invasion, involving a 13 year old girl occurred in the 25th District. The officers immediately responded to the scene and broadcast a flash message. Assisting officers then locate the wanted offender, conducted a show-up, and placed the offender into custody. The offender subsequently admitted that he had entered the girl’s bedroom, intending to sexually assault her. Thanks to the diligent efforts of these officers, a dangerous sexual predator was arrested and charged accordingly.

Thanks for a job well done. Stay Safe!

This email was sent to the Office of the Superintendent.

Monday, July 30, 2007 3:39 PM

Subject: Thanks to Officer White

I want to thank and commend Officer White of the CPD for her gracious and exemplary help to me and my wife at the Midway Airport on Thursday, July 26 at the Southwest terminal of Midway airport. She came out there with an EMS crew at about 7:30 p.m. I am sorry but I cannot find her first name. I got it and wrote it down but can't find it now. She was such a helpful and kind person in the midst of a distressing time for me after a near fainting spell on the airplane. She is a jewel for your department.

I hope this gives you enough information to be able to pass my thanks on to her.

Richard Teaford

Thursday, 06 September 2007

Area 3 Salute for ET R. Samanas

SALUTE Area 3 Detective Division Salutes Evidence Technician:

E.T. R. Samanas

On 11 May 07, the Gateway Newsstand in the loop subway, was robbed by an unknown male black offender, armed with a gun. The offender in the case entered the small retail store, produced a blue steel revolver and then viciously beat the victim/owner about the head. The offender then removed all of the cash from the register and fled without being captured by the video surveillance present in the subway terminal. The crime scene was processed by E.T. Samanas who discovered and successfully lifted several ridge impressions from the cash register. The Forensic report from the crime lab would reveal that one of the prints belonged to a suspect who would later be identified by the victim as the same person who beat and robbed him. The detectives then learned the same individual was arrested one week after the newsstand robbery, for another armed robbery in the loop and a blue steel handgun was recovered from him. Due to the diligence of E.T. Samanas, an active, dangerous offender with a history of armed robberies was identified and presently back in the penitentiary.

Thanks for a job well done. Stay Safe!

Area#2 Salutes 4th District Officers

SALUTE Area 2 Detective Division salutes 004th District Police Officers:

Sgt. M. Vujic, P.O. M. Henry, P.O. A. Brown, P.O. W. McKendrick, P.O. N. Corr

On 21 Jun 07, the officers were flagged down by a woman who explained that she had just been robbed. The officers began to canvass the area with the victim and observed one of the offenders flee into a building with the stolen purse. The officers gave chase and located the offender and the purse belonging to the victim. Several other individuals inside the residence, were brought out to be viewed by the victim. The victim then positively identified a second offender from this incident. Due to their immediate actions in response to the robbery and aggressive search for the offenders, two dangerous felons were taken off the streets and charged accordingly.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Tuesday, 04 September 2007

North American Police Soccer Tournament

The 28th Annual North American Police Soccer Tournament begins this week hosted by the St. Louis Police Department. For the first time ever the Chicago Police will be represented and is sending a full 20 man roster to compete in the Men's Open Division . The team which is lead by team captain Bob Kellam 009 is comprised of Officers from all over the City with professional and collegiate playing experience. The team starts first round play early Thursday morning against Peel Regional Police (Toronto area) and then NYPD in the afternoon. On Friday first round action concludes with the CPD facing Calgary and then Miami. Semi-finals and final are held on Saturday. For scores from the tournament and  more information on the team check www.cpdsoccer.com
Team Roster:
Alex Acevado 017, Henry Barsch 620, Matt Bouch 011, Jose Castaneda 079, Mart Chatys 005, Brian Costanzo 015, Sal DiFranco 193, Rodrigo Espinoza 015, Arturo Fernandez 005, Horst Fleps 124, Humberto Gutierrez 015, Alex Granias 214, Mike Grzyb 024, Esnaf Husic 002, Bob Kellam 009, Sal Lara 003, Cullen Murphy 610, Rob Onitveros 003, Pawel Ryszka 011, Jack Toma 017

Monday, 03 September 2007

SPECIAL NOTICE

Suicide Survivors Support Group The Professional Counseling Service/ EAP is looking for CPD personnel or family members who would be interested in joining a support group for those who have lost a sworn member suicide. If you or someone you know might be interested in this group, please contact Dr. Rob Sobo at (312) 743-0378 or Eileen Bowery at (312) 504- 1087.

Suicide survivors are not alone.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union will be in the Headquarters Lobby on Thursday, 13 September 2007 from 0800-1600 hours. They will be there to outline the benefits of membership and to offer the services to you. Services include loans, savings, financial counseling and financial planning. For more information please contact Dave Dunham or Carrean Askew at (312) 499-8888.

ARE YOU AWARE?

The Employee Resource Center (E.R.C.) website is now available on I-Clear. The E.R.C. is a consolidation of resources/ benefits available to members of the Department. To access the E.R.C. simply click on the CPD Intranet logo, then click on the Employee Resource Center, and finally click on (resource) link. All members are welcomed to browse.

VILLAGE OF LOMBARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Raymond Byrne, Chief of Police

Dane Cuny, Deputy Chief of Operations

Patrick Rollins, Deputy Chief of Administrative Services

August 10, 2007

TO:   Lt. Christopher J. Kennedy, Commanding Officer

        Marine and Helicopter Unit

        Chicago Police Department

Lt. Kennedy:

On August 5th, we had the opportunity to accompany several of your fine officers assigned to Marine 2 at DuSable Harbor. On that morning, Capt. Roger Roussell, Officer Ed Beltran, Officer Mark Walsh and Officer Jean McCarthy responded to an urgent request for a diver in distress out on Lake Michigan. In the ensuing minutes, we had the opportunity to observe an incredibly professional and brave group of officers attempt to save a man's life.

Your unit acted as a cohesive team to respond to the area as quickly as possible. While en route, they donned wet suits, readied medical equipment, communicated with the Coast Guard and obtained coordinates from an excited caller. While the scene might have appeared chaotic to the casual observer, it was clear that this was a well trained and professional group that was focused on carrying out a mission. When they arrived on the scene, they immediately entered the water at great risk to themselves. This was an incredibly complicated rescue attempt which was exacerbated by the weight of the victim and the choppy water. Undeterred, they were able to get the victim into another Chicago Marine Unit and transport him to Navy Pier.

To say that we were impressed with the work of these law enforcement professionals is an understatement. They clearly exhibited professionalism and bravery in the face of great danger. They are a credit to the Chicago Police Department, the City of Chicago and to your unit. I would be remiss if I did not mention that prior to this distress call, these four officers could not have been more accommodating and friendly to us while we were aboard. Please extend our sincerest thanks to each of them.

Respectfully,

Raymond J. Byrne, Lombard Police Department

Arthur O. Dennis, Manassas, VA Police Department

Peter Noonan, Clarkstown, NY Police Department

Kirk Nordbloom, Warren County, OH Sheriffs Department

cc: John J. Risley Deputy Superintendent

Saturday, 01 September 2007

MEETING NOTICE

The CPD Bowling league will be holding a mandatory meeting to discuss the upcoming fall season that begins 6 Oct. 07 at AMF Forest Lanes, 7600 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL., on Saturday, 22 Sep., at 1100 hours. A minimum of 1 per team must attend. Team Rosters will be finalized. A roster can be faxed to you to bring to the meeting. Any active/ retired CPD, civilian CPD employees, and adult immediate family members of the above are eligible. For further information contact Det. David Matual (312) 907-3870 or Det. Martin Garcia (773) 573-6913 or at Area 1 SUV, 747-8385.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Soccer Team is continuing to expand. So is the need for expanding the coaching staff. Any experienced member interested in coaching is encouraged to contact P.O. Kellam, 9th District, Commander Voulgaris, Targeted Response Unit, or email at cpdsoccer@yahoo.com  for further information.

Friday, 31 August 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

The annual candlelight vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park will be held on 18 Sep. 07 at 1930 hours. All department members and their extended family are invited to attend as we honor the 520 individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these heroes will be read aloud during this ceremony. Complimentary parking will be available in the Waldron Deck Parking Garage and the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field. Any individuals, who would like to volunteer, or to be a part of this ceremony, should contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section for further information. Send your inquires to Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org

MEETING NOTICE

The Emerald Society (Irish American Police Association) will hold its Annual Scholarship Night on Monday, 10 Sep. 07, at Assumption Church, 323 W. Illinois, 1900 hours. All current members and new prospective members are encouraged to attend. Half way to Patricks Day will be celebrated with dinner and refreshments.

SPECIAL EVENT

A Couples Workshop will be held on Saturday, 6 Oct. 07 at the Education Training Division, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd. from 0745-1600 hours. The class size is limited to 10 couples wanting to improve their relationships. Breakfast and lunch provided. From more information call T.O. Tom Cline at 6-8310, ext. 164 or Chaplain Tori Wilson at 6-8458.

Enjoy a Cubs Game, Support a Worthy Cause

Wrigley Rooftops is hosting two dates for Cubs Games that will benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. This includes admission to a rooftop across from Wrigley Field and all the food and drink for the price of $100.00 per person.

This is a great opportunity to get together with some friends for a great time and at the same time help a great cause The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Game #1: Wednesday, September 5th at 7:05PM vs the Dodgers

Game #2: Monday, September 10th at 2:20 PM vs the Cardinals

Kindly contact Kim LeFebvre at 773-960-3437 or cpdmemorial@wowway.com 

to reserve your spots.

Bluesilk Management

Macon Thomason, Principal

Chapel Hill, NC

July 31, 2007

Superintendent of Police, Chicago Police Department

3510 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL

Dear Superintendent:

I am writing to express my deep appreciation and thanks for the help provided to me by one of your officers, Andre Poston, during my visit to Chicago the week of July 14th.

Officer Poston was extremely courteous and helpful to a stranger from out of town, and in my opinion, represented the Chicago police department as a premier example of a large city law enforcement organization.

Furthermore, in a separate situation, the officers working the Chicago Theater area on the evening of July 14th were able to retrieve a friend's stolen cell phone from a thief who attempted to extort $100 for its return. Uniformed cops on the scene were able to identify the thief and apprehend the suspect and, most helpfully, return the phone to its owner at the scene.

I realize this seems like business as usual, but in this situation, your department came through in a small but serious moment. If possible, I would like the uniformed officers who collared the female suspect in the phone scam to be recognized as well as Officer Poston.

With sincere thanks,

Macon Thomason

4th District Officers Catch Sex Assault Offender, Earn Salute

SALUTE Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 4th District Police Officers:

P.O. L Ryan, P.O. A. Franklin, P.O. T. Anderson, P.O. S. Straka.

Assisting Officers: Sgt. A. Medina, Sgt. L. Thompson, P.O. J. McAllister, P.O. P. Hudson, P.O. P. Glinski and P.O. S. Zalinski.

On 6 Jul. 07, a 16 year old female was en route to school when she was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground by an unknown offender. The victim fought with her attacker and screamed for help as he repeatedly struck her head on the ground and touched her in a sexual manner. The offender released the victim and ran when an onlooker approached to help.

The victim was able to flag down Officers Ryan & Franklin and give them description of the offender. Officers Anderson & Straka were in the area and observed the offender a short distance away attempting to flee the scene.

All of the officers were able to apprehend the offender and place him under arrest. Due to the officers dedication and quick response, an offender was charged with Attempt Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault.

Thanks for job well done. Stay Safe.

Another One of Our Own Needs Our Help

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Like many, Tasha is a young parent, a young cop, who faces the biggest challenge of her life.  If you can, please help her in this fight.

As always,  Stay Safe.  And say a prayer for her.

MEETING NOTICES

The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association Oktoberfest general membership meeting will be held on 11 Sep. 07, at Mirabell Restaurant, 3454 W. Addison, at 1800 hours. All active and retired Lieutenants are welcome. Food and refreshments will be served.

MEETING NOTICES

The Emerald Society (Irish American Police Association) will hold its Annual Scholarship Night on Monday, 10 Sep. 07, at Assumption Church, 323 W. Illinois, 1900 hours. All current members and new prospective members are encouraged to attend. Half way to St. Patricks Day will be celebrated with dinner and refreshments.

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SPECIAL NOTICE

On Saturday, 8 September 2007, at hours a Public Auction of Abandoned Unclaimed Vehicles recovered by Chicago Police Department will be at the Police Pound #1, at 650 W. St. This includes approximately 150 vehicles & Confiscated vehicles which general public may purchase. All final, cash only. Vehicles to be sold IS”. No Department members may on the vehicles.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes Area 1 Midnight Gang Team Police Officers: P.O. M. Haleem, P.O. W. Wagner and P.O. R. Pacheco. On 17 Jun 07, the above officers monitored a flash message giving the description of the offenders and vehicle used in an armed robbery in the area of 48th and Hermitage. A short distance away, the officers observed the vehicle parked with the offenders close by. A foot chase ensued and the offenders placed in custody with a semiautomatic handgun recovered.

The investigation revealed one of the offenders was responsible for a previous robbery. Felony Review was notified and three offenders were charged with armed robbery and two additional armed robbery cases were cleared.

Due to the officers keen observation skills, coupled with their diligence in the investigation that followed, three offenders were charged with felonies and a handgun was removed from our city streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Be safe.

21st District Officers' Work Nets BUNDLE of Marijuana

Submitted by Commander Howard W. Lodding of the 21st District :

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On 23 August 2007,

21st District Officers: Lt. Jarmusz, Sergeant Michael Bacardo, Sergeant Patrick Boyle and Police Officers: Joe Martis, Jalance O'Hunt, Lester Scott, William Maedor, Marc Jarocki, Michael Fergurson, Patrick Gillmore, Keiht Sinks, Kevin Sellers, Michael Kelly, Peter Amelio and Jose Cortes executed search warrants at 4122 and 4110 South Ellis with positive results.

A .380 caliber semi-automatic loaded handgun, a 12 gauge shot gun, cannabis (a controlled substance) and drug paraphernalia were recovered.

Because of their keen investigative skills dangerous weapons and drugs were removed from the streets of Chicago.

Job well done.  Stay safe.

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Area #5 Salute 15th District Officers

Area 5 Detective Division Salutes

15th District Police Officers: P.O. M. Guerin, P.O. A. Wyroba

On 30 May 07, a person was shot at 5466 W. Chicago. The investigation revealed the victim was shot due to an ongoing narcotics dispute. Through an informant, Officers Guerin & Wyroba were able to identify a witness to the shooting. Further, the Officers were able to locate this witness and persuade him to cooperate in identifying the offender. The offender was subsequently arrested and charged. Due to the officers working knowledge of gang and narcotic activity, a violent offender was charged with aggravated battery.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe!

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Sergeant's Promotional Ceremony

Congratulations to the 50 newly promoted Sergeant's who will take part in a promotional ceremony at 0930 hours, 30 Aug 07 at the Skyline Theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand.  Good luck, stay focused and do it because you are the police.   Stay Safe!

SPECIAL EVENT

The annual candlelight vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park will be held on 18 Sep. 07 at 1930 hours. All department members and their extended family are invited to attend as we honor the 520 individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these heroes will be read aloud during this ceremony. Complimentary parking will be available in the Waldron Deck Parking Garage and the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field. Any individuals, who would like to volunteer, or to be a part of this ceremony, should contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section for further information. Send your inquires to Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

P.O. Zayas is Home. . . We Thank Him for His Service

I would just like to update everyone on P.O. Andres Zayas, 001. 

For those who may not know, Andres was activated and deployed to a remote location in Afghanistan. Andres returned to Chicago on 18 August 2007. He returned uninjured but tired.

I would like to thank everyone from the Department who furnished me with supplies to send to Andres. Andres’ unit was made up of members from all branches of the US military and NATO forces. The supplies we shipped over there not only helped our people but also helped armed forces members from the other NATO countries that were in the same situation as our people.

Thank you again for you help, thoughts, and prayers.

Please continue to keep our activated officers, our troops, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, they will all be safely home soon.

Sgt. Frank Iglinski

Bureau of Patrol

SALUTE

Area Two Detective Division salutes 4TH District Police Officers: P.O. T. Almanza, P.O. J. Desmond, and CTA Special Employment Officers: P.O. P. Fox, P.O. J. Jaros, and P.O. S. Liarakos. 

On 27 May 07, an elderly man was robbed by an unknown offender. Officers Almanza and Desmond assigned to the 004th District conducted a canvass of the area and discovered a witness who provided them the name of the offender involved. Officers armed with this information contacted Area Two Detective Division and provided the subjects name. A photo array was conducted and the victim immediately identified the subject who robbed him. It was further learned that the Offender identified was involved in additional robberies.

On 5 Jul. 07 Officers Fox, Jaros, and Liarakos received information that the Offender involved in this robbery was currently at his residence. The officers armed with this information went to his residence and placed this subject into custody without incident. The Offender was subsequently charged with 2 Robberies and had an active warrant for Armed Robbery.

Due to the Officers dedication a violent criminal was removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

Charter School to be named after Fallen Officer

Officer_marquez_2    Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Marquez (parents of fallen officer Donald Marquez) and the entire Marquez family would like to extend an invitation to the Chicago Police Department to join them in the dedication ceremony of a new charter school named in honor of Officer Donald Marquez.

Officer Marquez was killed in the line of duty in 2002.

The Officer Donald J. Marquez Charter School, located at 2916 W. 47th Street (2 blocks west of California) will be dedicated at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 30, 2007.

Please join Officer Marquez' family and friends as they celebrate his life of service and sacrifice by dedicating this facility in his honor.  This school is one of the first of its kind that will offer law enforcement related classes to its students.

All are welcome to attend.

Questions may be addressed to Officer Marquez' sister, Donna Marquez at donnamarquez8620@yahoo.com .

Monday, 27 August 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

Chicago’s Finest vs. Chicago’s Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, 8 Sep. 07. A pre-game celebration will be held in Purple Lot beginning at 1030 hours and will include Canine, Mounted, D.A.R.E., CAPS, childrens activities & face painting. Gate F will open at 1130 hours and game time is 1300 hours.

Tickets available at Wrigley Field on game day, Gate F only, or from members of the Chicago Police & Fire Baseball teams.

For additional information go to www.chicagosfinestbaseball.com

or  www.chicagosbravestbaseball.com.

Chicago Officers to Be Recognized During 3rd Annual National CIT Conference

We would like to congratulate a Chicago Police Lieutenant and a Police Officer who will be presented with nationally-recognized awards for their exemplary work in the field of Crisis Intervention during the 3rd Annual CIT Conference.  This Conference will be held in Memphis, Tennessee August 28-30.

Receiving awards are:

Lt. Jeff Murphy--"CIT Coordinator of the Year" (Sam Cochran Award)

Officer Carrie Von Sagun(23rd District)-- "CIT Officer of the Year"

For background information on the role of CIT in modern policing and the conference itself, please read the following excerpts from the website.

"About CIT:

Communities large and small are seeking answers to managing crisis issues and crisis services. When changes are mandated, community collaborations and partnerships are the key. Advocates have long asserted that law enforcement personnel often do not receive adequate mental health training, resulting in ineffective and sometimes fatal encounters or outcomes.

In 1988, Memphis introduced the first Crisis Intervention Team as a vital component to the community's demand for safer first responder crisis services. CIT partnerships led to changes in existing systems and stimulated the development of new infrastructures for services/care. Suicide attempts and mental health crisis concerns are recognized as a priority. Crises are about people, about our community, our families, our friends, and our loved ones. CIT is built and founded on principals of dignity, understanding, kindness, hope and dedication. Suicide encounters and those crises relating to mental illnesses are about our community, our friends, loved ones, and us. It is a fundamental requirement that crisis services and care are present."

- Major Sam Cochran

Welcome!

The 3rd Annual CIT Conference in Memphis, Tennessee will build on two highly successful meetings in Columbus, Ohio and Orlando, Florida. Those in attendance praised the depth of presentations available! The program will examine the development, implementation, advancement and effectiveness of Crisis Intervention Teams and highlight innovative strategies for integrative approaches to the diversion of individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders from the criminal justice system.

Join your hosts Major Sam Cochran and Dr. Randy Dupont and previous conference moderators Michele Saunders and Lt. Mike Woody (ret.) in Memphis along with other national leaders for what promises to be another excellent meeting.

(Source: www.cit.memphis.edu , CIT informational website)

SALUTE

Area Three Detective Division salutes Latent Unit, and Forensic Services Police Officers: P.O. C. Simon, P.O. F. Scott, P.O. M. Malone, P.O. B. Kovacs, P.O. W. Harris, and E.T. H. Keeler. During the months of January and February, a rash of burglaries to downtown office suites occurred in which several laptop computers were taken. A suspect was later apprehended for lurking around an office building lobby, and was suspected that he may be the burglary offender. The officers responded with a rapid and diligent examination of recovered latent prints, and were able to determine that the suspect was indeed the offender of the burglaries in question.

Due to their swift performance, the offender was charged with several burglaries.

Thanks for a job well done.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division salutes 13th District Police Officers: P.O. H. Via, and P.O. J. Adreani.

On 28 Jun. 07, the officers responded to an OEMC radio call of a suspicious persons. The officers located the subjects and during a field interview and investigation, it was learned the subjects had just burglarized a nearby Church. The property was recovered and possession restored to the church representatives. Due to their quick response and dedication, two burglary offenders were arrested and charged accordingly.

Thanks for a job well done.

SPECIAL EVENT

(CORRECTION)

The annual candlelight vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park will be held on 18 Sep. 07 at 1930 hours. All department members and their extended family are invited to attend as we honor the 520 individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these heroes will be read aloud during this ceremony. Complimentary parking will be available in the Waldron Deck Parking Garage and the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field. Any individuals, who would like to volunteer, or to be a part of this ceremony, should contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section for further information. Send your inquires to Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 26 Aug. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

Saturday, 25 August 2007

ARE YOU AWARE?

Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement class for the fall 2007 session will be offered on Saturdays, 22 Sep. thru 8 Dec. 07, 0830-1200 hours, at Daley College, Westside Technical Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave. No prior Spanish knowledge is necessary and you will earn 3 credit hours.

For further info visit http://daley.ccc.edu/wsti/cpd.shtml or contact Todd Lakin at (773) 838-7707 or tlakin@ccc.edu.

THANK YOU!

On behalf of the 18th District, HATS OFF to the men and women assigned to work the 2007 Air and Water Show. Your efforts and professionalism are commendable, making this annual event a great success.

Thank you for a job well done! Stay safe.

Commander Steve Georgas, 18th District

Friday, 24 August 2007

Barbara Todd

EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT

Chicago. IL 60637

March 5, 2007

To: Commander John Franklin

3rd District, Chicago Police Department

7040 S. Cottage Grove

Dear Commander Franklin:

I want to let you know how officers in your district helped me during a period of serious problems I faced in mid-February. On February 6, my apartment, which includes a business office, was burglarized. My computer and other equipment was stolen. The thieves broke locks on my backyard gate and on the security door leading to my apartment to enter. Officer Anderson and his trainee responded to the call, took the necessary information and "offered good suggestions for my security, that I needed to take. I followed through and installed a security system and new locks immediately. A week later I talked to Officer Gadson,the senior's officer in the CAPS unit, who said he would initiate Special Attention patrols in my block.

On the evening of February 16th I returned home to discover the apartment had been forcibly entered again., this time over a back fence and through a bedroom window. Nothing was taken but closets had been opened and boxes stored under beds had been pulled out. We believe the intruder attempted to open a door that had been wired for security, was startled by the alarm that sounded and left the premises through the basement--leaving them wide open, which is what I saw when I left my garage and entered my backyard enroute to my first floor apartment. A very alert female Hispanic officer discovered the window entry. I failed to get her name but it is on, the police report.  I am thankful for her calm and thorough inspection of the apartment, despite the on-going turmoil.

After the police left, I realized I was vulnerable. It was Friday night. Monday would be a holiday. The Special Attention patrols had not begun. I was alone and terrified that intruders would return to harm me, and steal more of my property. After several calls through 311 for police help that night, I finally reached Sgt. Parks of your district.  He made a home call, inspected the property and assured me that I would be safe. He initiated special attention patrols immediately, coordinated his weekend effort with Officer Gadson's work the following, Tuesday, and combined my police reports so they could be handled by one detective.

His concern, consideration and prompt action brought me the peace of mind that I needed to get through the next few days. I will always be grateful to him for his personal assistance to me that night. I followed through on his suggestions for other safety measures to take, including adding window sensors to my security system and working with my tenants to be watchful and report any suspicious people or vehicles immediately.

After three weeks, I am sleeping nights and am back to work. It is certainly assuring to know the 3rd District police are out there looking out for us.  This has come about because of the really special efforts of Sgt. Parks, Officer Gadson and the neighborhood patrols.  Please commend them for me.

Thank you for the leadership you provide your officers to serve and protect.

Yours truly,

Barbara Todd

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division Salutes 13th District Police Officers: Sgt. S. Chung, P.O. M. Padro-Smith, P.O. J. Labbe, and P.O. A. Viteri.

On 5 Jul. 07, two victims were robbed on the street at gunpoint. The offender was armed with a sawed off rifle and fled to a nearby residence. The responding officers immediately established a perimeter around the building. As a result, the offender was located inside and positively identified. Due to the officers tactical response and dedication to duty, the offender was apprehended and ultimately charged with two counts of Armed Robbery.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

MEETING NOTICE

The CPD Bowling league will be holding a mandatory meeting to discuss the upcoming fall season that begins 6 Oct. 07 at AMF Forest Lanes, 7600 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL., on Saturday, 22 Sep., at 1100 hours. A minimum of 1 per team must attend. Team Rosters will be finalized. A roster can be faxed to you to bring to the meeting. Any active/retired CPD, civilian CPD employees, and adult immediate family members of the above are eligible.

For further information contact Det. David Matual (312) 907-3870 or Det. Martin Garcia (773) 573-6913 or at Area 1 SUV, 747-8385.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

SOS Opportunity

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Special Operations Section is seeking motivated, hard working Sergeants and police Officers interested in applying to the unit. In addition to targeted patrol of the DOC areas, the Special Operations Section provides critical Department support services, such as the SWAT Team, Dignitary Protection, and the Animal Crimes Unit. A minimum of 3 years experience is necessary. Applications may be found on the Special Operations Section website on the Intra net.

For information please call, (312) 746-7150

Thank You

THANK YOU!

On behalf of District Commanders Lynette Helm (2nd District) and Howard Lodding (21st District), I want to thank all the Department members and all other City agencies detailed to the 78th Annual Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic on Saturday, 11 August 2007. Your professionalism and demeanor dealing with the largest parade of its kind in the nation under adverse weather conditions is truly commendable.

Thank you for a job well done!

Daniel F. Dugan Deputy Chief Area One Patrol

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Determination and Tenacity Pay Off

When it comes to solving mysteries, Area #2 RBT Detectives J. Bowes and B. Ferguson are masters at their craft. 

On the 29th of June, at 1640 hours, at 29 E. 102nd Street, a 14 year old male victim was walking down the street minding his own bustiness when he was approached by Kieth Spivey, M/17 of 119th & Calumet and a 15 year old male, who asked to use his cell phone.  The Victim refused and gets punched in the head knocking him to the ground and the offenders take his cell phone and $20.00 from his pocket.  The victim was taken to Roseland treated and released.  On the 3rd of July a supplementary report was submitted by Officer O'Neill indicating the victims mother took him to Christ Hospital, pediatric intensive care, where he is still in critical condition, has not regained consciousness and is on a ventilator.

The two above mentioned detectives were assigned this mystery, with no witnesses who would step forward and provide any information.  A robbery in the middle of the afternoon and no one sees anything.  Incredible.  This is where the determination of the detectives takes hold.  They manage to beat the bushes and start to find bits and pieces of information that provides leads and names.  The tenacity of these two detectives leads to the charging of two thugs, Spivey was charged with Robbery and Agg Batt and the juvenile with Robbery.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay Safe!

Just like the Energizer Bunny, the real police just keep on doing the right thing

You haven't heard or read this story in the media, but this is what the police do on a daily basis.

Beat 606A, Officers G. Habiak, A. Vivanco and R. Johnson, hears gun shots at approximately 1520 W. 88th Street, on 19 Aug 07 at 1925 hours,  and see an offender wearing a white T-shirt, black Jeans enter vehicle carrying a blue steel handgun.  They pursue the vehicle and see the victim on the ground in the alley between laflin and justine.  Other units arrive and 606a takes the bad guy into custody with three other offenders and two hand guns.  It is later discovered the victim, a 28 year old male  was shot in the head and is currently in critical condition at Christ Hospital.  The shooter, Edwin Neal, M/19 of 9100 block of Marshfield, a gangster disciple and two of his 16 year old fellow gangster diciples were charged with Attempt Murder and Agg Batt w/firearm.

Further investigation revealed the 9mm S&W was taken from a CPD officers home in a burglary in March of 05.  It has been previously alleged that guns that turn up at police involved shootings are actually coming from the gun turn in.  Maybe they just forgot to turn this particulat 9mm in and also the 380 that was recovered from the vehicle.

It is merely coincidentalce that these offenders were armed, wearing a T-shrits and are all gang members who just shot someone in the back of the head.  Sound familiar? 

Keep doing what is right becasue you are the police.  Great job by the 6th District officers.  Stay Safe!

It is about time to tell it like it is

Parents can help put stop to city violence

(We normally do not reprint stories from the papers, however, this deserves a post.)
August 21, 2007

It is always saddening and maddening when a young person is killed. We all ask why it happened, whose fault was it, how can we keep this from happening again.

Aaron Harrison was shot by the police. I'm usually very suspicious of the police, but in this case I believe the police were justified. I live two blocks from Wallace's Catfish Corner, where Rev. Al Sharpton led his rally last Friday night. We have a group of 30 to 35 white T-shirt-wearing teens. They jump our fences and run through our property like they live there, they shoot dice in the back of CHA property, play chicken with the cars, intimidate delivery people, throw rocks at passing cars. I never see one single parent do anything to control any of these kids.

We call the police and the kids scatter, then come right back. Because of Rev. Sharpton's rally and the media attention, these teens are now emboldened. They think too much heat is on the police. So they are stepping up their campaign of intimidating the neighborhood. I watch a father walk right through them. He never says a word.

I am glad Rev. Sharpton is in Chicago. He has the capacity to do enormous good here. I just hope that while he is ramping up his campaign about the police department and Mayor Daley that he also ramps up his campaign with parents. Don't blame police for ending a situation that would never have started if parents had been parenting in the first place.

I'm sure this mother is mourning her son. But if she had been parenting her child, the odds are she wouldn't be mourning him now. Parents who don't parent are guilty of a form of child abuse.

I do know what I am talking about. I am a single mother of a son. He got away with nothing. He played high school football for a coach who kept his players in line. My son is 6-4 and still ducks if I swing. He went to high school and college (on grants, scholarships/loans) and is a productive member of society.

But in the neighborhood where we lived, if I hadn't been tough and put the fear of Mama and God into him, he could have gone down the wrong path. I was not about to let that happen. He was my responsibility.

My heart bleeds for the parents of children who were killed by the element who had no kind of home training. I look at them and say, "There but for the grace of God go I." A parent can do all of the right things and still have a child take the wrong path. But that is the exception rather than the rule.

I ask Rev. Sharpton to open up a center that will help parents who need help parenting. I ask him to get volunteers to help with these at-risk youths. I ask him to not make the problem worse by just jumping on the ''It's the fault of the police" bandwagon. I ask him to be a part of the solution, not part of the greater problem. Don't send the message to the parents that they have no culpability when their child goes down the wrong path and gets killed by police. It is the parents who are the most culpable.

Margaret Hall lives in East Garfield Park.

July 29, 2007

To: Chicago Police Department

3510 S. Michigan Chicago, IL 60613

Attn: Personnel

I am writing this letter to thank you and your staff, especially Police Officer, Kim Schroeder Star # 12489 and Police Officer, Dawn Pet Star # 7484, for your quick response in apprehending a suspect in the recent break-ins of our automobiles, in the Harlem/Higgins vicinity. Not only was a suspect apprehended, but you also recovered most of my stolen valuables.

Officer Schroeder's and Pet's professionalism and assistance went above and beyond the call of duty in assisting me during this unfortunate incident. These officers' dedication and commitment to saving and protecting are a credit to their profession and serve as an example of what excellent police work is all about.

Thank You again for a great job!

Ovidio Salgado

Cc: 16th District , 5151 N. Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60630

Police Officer Kim Schroeder

Police Officer Dawn Pet

Area 4 Detective Salute

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division Salutes Forensics Services Section Police Officers: Forensic Investigator J. Miller, Forensic Investigator N. DeCook

Area 4 Detectives were investigating a homicide that occurred in the 10th District. The investigation led to a rented SUV that was believed to have been use by one of the offenders. Solid evidence was needed to place the offender at the scene of the homicide as he was stating he had not been there and was not involved in the shooting. Forensic Investigators Miller & DeCook responded to the Crime Lab and proceeded to process the vehicle for evidence. Their efforts produced an expended cartridge casing from the rear cup holder that was suitable for comparison. The casing was compared to the other casings recovered from the crime scene during the homicide. Armed with this evidence, detectives were able to break the offenders alibi and subsequently charge him with murder. Due to their professionalism and diligence, a dangerous felon has been removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Stay Safe!

TARA Buy Back

SPECIAL NOTICE

Effective as of 27 August 2007, the TARA Buy-Back Program will be suspended until further notice. If you have been assigned a TARA date after 27 August 07, you will be excused. If you have requested a Tara date for the month of September, your request will be changed to an unsuccessful bid. Please check the CLEAR system for your current status.

THIS NOTIFICATION DOES NOT AFFECT THE TARA ACADEMY.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

The annual candlelight vigil at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park will be held on 18 Sep. 07 at 1900 hours. All department members and their extended family are invited to attend as we honor the 520 individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these heroes will be read aloud during this ceremony. Any individuals who would like to volunteer, or be a part of this ceremony should contact Commander Frank Gross of the Special Events and Liaison Section for further information. Send your inquires to Frank.Gross@chicagopolice.org.

SPECIAL EVENT

Chicago’s Finest vs. Chicago’s Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, 8 Sep. 07. A pre-game celebration will be held in Purple Lot beginning at 1030 hours and will include Canine, Mounted, D.A.R.E., CAPS, childrens activities & face painting. Gate F will open at 1130 hours and game time is 1300 hours. Tickets available at Wrigley Field on game day, Gate F only, or from members of the Chicago Police & Fire Baseball teams. For additional information go to www.chicagosfinestbaseball.com or www.chicagosbravestbaseball.com.

ARE YOU AWARE?

Dr. Manus Kraff of the Kraff Eye Institute will perform laser vision correction surgery at no charge for veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11. Proof of service (DD-214) must be presented at the time of consultation. Veterans must be Illinois residents. This procedure is also offered to any military family member at a 50% discount. Their office is located at 3115 N. Harlem Ave. in Chicago. Please contact Mary Jo Field at (773) 777-4444 for questions or to schedule a free consultation.

Saturday, 18 August 2007

SALUTE

Area 5 Detective Division Salutes 16th District Police Officers: Sgt. A. Wallace, P.O. L. Skelly, P.O. M. Lybrook, P.O. M. McNaughton, P.O. R. Bacius, P.O. R. Arnolts, P.O. M. Zelewski, P.O. R. Jakubowski, P.O. C. Soria, Jr.

The officers had knowledge of a robbery pattern occurring in the 16th & 17th Districts. On 23 Jun. 07, Officers Skelly and Lybrook while working a burglary mission monitored a flash message sent by Sgt. Wallace of robbery offenders and the offenders vehicle description. Officers Skelly & Lybrook, along with assisting officers observed the vehicle and curbed the said vehicle. During the stop, the officers observed the occupants to match the description of the robbery offenders.

The officers located two victims where they conducted a show up in the field, and two of the occupants were positively identified by the victims as the offenders who had beat and robbed them. During the custodial search of the offenders and their vehicle, the officers recovered proceeds taken in the robberies.

Due to the officers quick response and attention to duty, the offenders were charged with four Robberies.

Thanks for a job well done.  Stay safe.

Superintendent of Police

Chicago Police Department

Dear Sir:

I am very pleased to share this with you--On Tuesday, July 24th, at about 4:30 am, I discovered that my car was apparently stolen form in front of my home.  I called 911 and was switched to at pleasant and very helpful Officer Cornelius (unfortunately I  did not get his badge number, etc.).  Officer Cornelius guided be through the necessary steps that I should take in this situation.  He obviously did his job well because at about 10:30 pm (the same day) I received a call from an officer indicating that they had located by car and would deliver it to my home.  I and my family were so grateful to Officers Pablo Castro and Danny Mirando of the 007th District (Beat 732). 

We commend these three officers for their professional, dedicated service.  Just something you should know.

Sincerely,

Lydia E. Bullock

Chicago

Friday, 17 August 2007

ROLLING MEADOWS POLICE DEPARTMENT

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS

August 13, 2007

Mr. Dana V. Starks, Interim Superintendent

Chicago Police Department 3510

Dear Superintendent Starks:

I wish to express my gratitude to you on behalf of the officers of the Rolling Meadows Police Department for assistance rendered to them by officers of the Chicago Police Department.

On August 6, 2007, while conducting a homicide investigation which led to the area of 7519 S. Vemon in Chicago, Rolling Meadows detectives received assistance from Gang Intelligence Unit 193 of the Chicago Police Department. This assistance included weekend intelligence gathering prior to the August 6 operation, notification and "de-confliction" with 006 District Command staff, surveillance coordination, surveillance assistance and arrest support.

As a result, Rolling Meadows detectives were able to locate and arrest Taylor, Patrick D. without incident. Following his August 6, 2007 arrest, Mr. Taylor was charged in Cook County with First Degree Murder for the Rolling Meadows murder which occurred on August 19,2006. Together, our officers removed a very violent and active criminal from the streets of Chicago and Cook County. This operation is the most recent example of the fine history of cooperation that exists between the men and women of our organizations.

Please extend my personal thanks and professional acknowledgment to the following individuals for their service rendered to the Rolling Meadows Police Department:

John J Risley, Deputy Superintendent

Mike Cronin, Deputy Chief, Retired

Commander Nicholas J. Roti (193)

Sergeant John Kohles (193) and the following

Gang Intelligence Specialists from Unit 193: P. O. 's Sean Tully, Dale Potter, James Ciannella, Russ White and Dan Dimatteo.

Feel free to contact my office should you or your staff require our assistance in this or future matters.

Sincerely,

Steven Williams Chief of Police

Rolling Meadows Police Department

SPECIAL NOTICE

Effective as of 27 August 2007, the TARA Buy-Back Program will be suspended until further notice. If you have been assigned a TARA date after 27 August 07, you will be excused. If you have requested a Tara date for the month of September, your request will be changed to an unsuccessful bid. Please check the CLEAR system for your current status.

THIS NOTIFICATION DOES NOT AFFECT THE TARA ACADEMY.

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division Salutes 10th District Police Officers: P.O. H. Salgado, and P.O. D. Otero. 

On 15 Jun. 07, Officers Salgado & Otero were on patrol when they observed three subjects pulling a city garbage can down the street. The officers approached the subjects in order to conduct a field interview. The officers then observed the garbage can to contain numerous clothing items with the sales tags still intact. The officers detained the subjects and conducted a search of the nearest retail store and observed that forced entry had been made above the rear door of the business.

The officers contacted the owner of the business who came to the location, where he identified the items as being from his store. Due to the officers keen observation and dedication to duty, three felons were removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Area #1 Salutes 8th District Officers

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Police Officers: P.O. R. Marshall, P.O. P. Felker, P.O. R. Houlihan, P.O. J. Svienty, P.O. G. Latsos, P.O. J. Frank, P.O. S. Doody, P.O. C. Gomez.

The officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress and observed the offender exiting the residence carrying the proceeds and burglary tools. The officers placed the offender under arrest and located witnesses. Through skillful interviewing the officers identified numerous residences that had been burglarized by the offender. The offender was subsequently charged with four counts of residential burglary. Numerous other burglaries were cleared.

Thanks for a job well done.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Area #1 Salute to 9th District Officers

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division salutes 9th District Police Officers: P.O. E. Murphy & P.O. T. Tantillo.

On 18 Jun. 07, the above officers, while on routine patrol, conducted a traffic stop in the area of 53rd & Princeton. During the stop the officers recovered loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle which was secreted by the driver. The subject was placed under arrest and relocated to the 9th District. During their investigation, the above officers discovered that the offender had a lengthy criminal history and he was a convicted felon. Felony review was notified and charges were approved for Armed Habitual Criminal which is a Class X Felony. Due to their dedication to duty and keen observation skills a firearm was recovered and very dangerous offender was taken off our city streets and placed into our criminal justice system.

Thanks for a job well done. Stay Safe!

Employment opportunity

SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT

The Bureau of Patrol has opened the following Overtime Programs for Officers and Sergeants to apply to work during the month of September.

CHA Overtime Program-Open to full duty Officers and Sergeants. Personnel will be assigned to foot posts and vehicle patrols in CHA properties located in the 18th District.

Student First Safety Project-Open to full duty officers and Sergeants. Personnel assigned to patrol areas surrounding 20 identified Chicago Public Schools throughout the west end of the city.

Dan Ryan South & North-Open to full duty Sergeants only. Sergeants will supervise Traffic Management Aides employed by OEMC along the Dan Ryan traffic re-routes.

Personnel wishing to participate in any of the listed programs must sign up via the CLEAR system under the Officer Deployment Program. Guidelines for the programs may be found on the Bureau of Patrol web page. Any questions regarding the programs may be directed to the Bureau of Patrol at (312) 745-6210 or Pax 0306.

You can run but you can't hide

On 24 July 07, Officer W. Brown of the 1st District was conducting a premise check of the Chicago Police Memorial and discovered green spray painted graffiti on the wall at the South end of the Memorial.  The graffiti appeared as "name" and "post cab".  The one sure thing about these idiots that destroy or damage property of others is they are consistent in their stupidity.  They continue to seek the need to be identified by their "Tag" name.  They have no respect for any property, let alone something that is sacred and dedicated to the memory of fallen police officers. 

To simply say that there are many very dedicated, hard working professional police officers in this city would truly be a gross understatement.  On 14 Aug 07, some of these very same dedicated officers from the 24th District Gang Team, M. Flis, R. Gonzalez, observe a m/4 known as Anthony Ortega and they know he is wanted on an active investigative alert with probable cause to arrest.  He was taken into custody.  Area #3 Detectives J. Modelski and C. Reyes obtained evidence indicated Robert Ray was involved in the graffiti incident, and after being mirandized he admitted to being on the scene at the time of the incident when Ortega spray painted the wall at Gold Star Memorial Park.

The two clowns are scheduled to appear at 26th and California on 15 Aug 07 charged with felony damage to property.  Ortega is from 2654 W. Touhy and Ray is from7109 W. Foster.   

Good police work will always trump stupidity. Stay Safe' 

Here are the mugshots:

Anthony Ortega "name"                                                                                Robert Ray "post"

Anthony_ortega_4                                  Robert_ray1_3                                       

Police vs Fire in Baseball

SPECIAL EVENT

Chicago’s Finest vs. Chicago’s Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be played at Wrigley Field on Saturday, 8 Sep. 07. A pre-game celebration will be held in Purple Lot beginning at 1030 hours and will include Canine, Mounted, D.A.R.E., CAPS, children's activities & face painting. Gate F will open at 1130 hours and game time is 1300 hours. Tickets available at Wrigley Field on game day, Gate F only, or from members of the Chicago Police & Fire Baseball teams. 

For additional information go to www.chicagosfinestbaseball.com or www.chicagosbravestbaseball.com.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Pistol Skills Courses

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Education & Training Division will host Semi-Automatic Pistol Skills Courses on the dates listed below. Each course is a 3-hour session and limited to 12 officers. Registration required. Officers must bring 300 rounds of ammunition to participate. The Basic & Advanced Course must have been taken to take part in the Defensive Course (scenarios). Jack Manfre, retired CPD, will be the instructor.

For further info call the CPD Range, at (312) 746-4728.

22 September 07            Basic Course-0830          Advance Course-1230

13 October 07                Basic Course-0830          Advance Course-1230

17 November 07             Basic Course-0830           Dim Light Low Light-1230

8 December 07               Basic Course-0830           Advance Course-1230

Area #1 Salute to 21st District Officers

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 21st District Police Officers: P.O. G. Strelczyk and P.O. D. Lee

A residential burglary occurred in the 21st District during which the victim walked in and observed the offenders.  Armed with this information the officers identified one of the offenders of the burglary.  The officers then located the offender and placed him under arrest.  Further investigation revealed the offender committed numerous burglaries within the 21st District and was charged accordingly. 

Thanks for a job well done.

Monday, 13 August 2007

ARE YOU AWARE?

The Carnable Cup is actually a charitable event benefitting the “Mission Beyond the Memorial” to help Chicago Police Families. The event will be held on Friday, 17 August 2007 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 12294 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL. Police Officers and anyone in their foursome will receive a 20% discount if they golf on the Ravines/ Blue Course. Retired Superintendent Phil Cline and Roe Conn will present the Carnable Cup trophy and the Superintendents Award. For additional information or to register, call Michael Halsey or Tom Farrell at (708) 388-7900. Also check it out on the WLS website.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Chicago Police Department, Chicago Park District and the Mayors Office will be hosting Hooked on Fishing for many of the city’s youth at parks throughout the city. Hooked on Fishing is an opportunity for many of the city’s youth to experience fishing. The subsequent dates are as follows: 13 Aug. Montrose Harbor Any officers who desire to volunteer to assist in this effort please contact the CAPS Implementation Office at 312 747-9984.

Attention "Dragon Skin" Body Armor users

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced today that it has determined that the Pinnacle Armor, Inc. bulletproof vest model SOV 2000.1/MIL3AF01, is not in compliance with the requirements of OJP's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) voluntary compliance testing program for bullet-resistant body armor. Effective immediately, this body armor model will be removed from the NIJ list of bullet-resistant body armor models that satisfy its requirements. Pinnacle Armor, Inc. is the maker of "dragon skin" body armor.

NIJ, OJP's research, development, and evaluation component, has reviewed evidence provided by the body armor manufacturer and has determined that the evidence is insufficient to demonstrate that the body armor model will maintain its ballistic performance over its six-year declared warranty period. Notwithstanding NIJ's determination, the Department encourages public safety officers to wear their Pinnacle Body Armor, Inc. body armor, model SOV 2000.1/MIL3AF01 until replacement because research has shown that officers are more likely to suffer a fatal injury when not wearing body armor. In addition, the Department strongly recommends that public safety agencies and officers who purchase new bullet-resistant body armor verify, prior to purchase, that the body armor model appears on NIJ's list of models that comply with its most current requirements, the 2005 Interim Requirements for Bullet-Resistant Body Armor. A list of these models is available at justnet.org http://www.justnet.org/

The Department also encourages public safety officers to follow body armor manufacturer wear and care instructions, and not to store armor in the trunk of their vehicle or other environments in which armor might be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Information about the DOJ Body Armor Safety Initiative can be found at vests.ojp.gov.

Area 2 Salute to 6th District Officers

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 6th District Police Officers: P.O. C. Santiago, P.O. J. Matino

On 20 Jun. 07, the officers responded to a Battery in Progress at 76th & Eberhart. The officers preliminary investigation revealed that the victim of a battery was actually an offender in an Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, which occurred that night at the same address. Due to the officers diligence and dedication to duty, the offender was arrested and subsequently charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault.

Thanks for a job well done.

Calling all Hockey Players

SPORTS EVENT

The FOP Stars Hockey Club will have open skates for any Department members interested in skating with the club in the 2007/2008 season. The open skate will be held at Johnny’s Icehouse, at 1350 W. Madison on the following dates:23 Aug., 2300-0030 hours: 27 Aug., 2250-0010 hours, 29 Aug., 0910-1020 hours. For more information contact Jim Bailey, at (773) 919-4865 or on the website at www.chicagopolicehockey.org.

Friday, 10 August 2007

CPD Officers Work Hard to Improve School Safety

CURIE METROPOLITAN HIGH SCHOOL for the Performing and Technical Arts

Jerryelyn L. Jones, Principal

Ana M. Espinoza , Cynthia R. Kosik, Jerel A. Morris, Phillip C. Perry

Assistant Principals

To: Superintendent Philip J. Cline, Chicago Police Department

From: Cynthia Kosik, Assistant Principal

Date: June 12, 2007

RE: Job Performances of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officers at Curie High School

I want to recognize the superior job performances of fifteen off-duty Chicago Police Officers who have worked at Curie High School during the 2006 - 2007 school year. The Officers are listed in their order of seniority at Curie with their CPO District/Unit #: Lawrence Wallace (002); Gregory Gray (002); Nicole Mayoski (012); Robert Mangan (007); Terry Baylis (001); Saul Gallardo (008); Eduardo Paez (253); Christoria King (001); Angelo TagleI' (059);); John Dovgin (001); Jafar Rahimi (009); Juanita Gomez,(018); Michael Belmontez (253); Adrian Polonio(002); Sergio Martinez (253).

In my capacity as the Assistant Principal in charge of security and discipline, I work with these Officers daily. I observe their professional demeanor and their attention to duty. Their presence has a tremendous impact upon the safe climate of our school. Our students have quickly learned that we employ Chicago Police Officers and know that their' activities are monitored by them. Every school has problems and we are no exception. However, at Curie High School, we have these fifteen individuals who bring the training and skills of the Chicago Police Department into our building every day and they deal effectively with all situations. They put in extra hours whenever we need them and do their work without complaint or controversy.

I can't speak highly enough of their job performance. Our students, our staff and our visitors are safer because of their presence. It would be impossible to list all the duties of the Off-duty Officers at Curie High School. Although they are "part-time" employees, their commitment is that of individuals who have a stake in the school community. For example, we have Officers who are alumni, Curie parents, Curie coaches or who live or work in this neighborhood. Many of the Officers have reached out to a number of students and serve as role models and mentors. They know the names of our students, speak with them and offer words of advice. In conclusion, it is my privilege to work with these Officers and I commend them for another year of hard work to benefit the students of Curie High School.

My appreciation also goes to Andres Durbak, Director, CPS Bureau of Safety and Security, and the Chicago Police Department for their joint efforts to staff off-duty Officers into our schools.

cc: Arne Duncan, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools Andres Durbak, Director, Bureau of Safety and Security, Chicago Public Schools

Thursday, 09 August 2007

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes Police Officers: P.O. F. Jotautas, P.O. P. Turbak, P.O. D. Klein, P.O. D. Pagan, P.O. E. Carreno, and P.O. B. Nunes.

On 1 Jun. 07 while on routine patrol, Officers Jotautas & Turbak were flagged down by a victim of an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking at a local gas station.

The officers gave a flash message of the vehicle and offenders description. The vehicle was observed and with the assistance of the above officers, the offender who was armed with a handgun was apprehended. The weapon was recovered.

The victim identified the offender as one of three offenders who had robbed him and took his vehicle. The officers located the gas station surveillance video which was crucial in this case and to the prosecution of the offender. The offender was subsequently charged with one count of Armed Robbery.

Due to the officers dedication to duty and rapid actions in this incident, an Armed Robbery offender was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Wednesday, 08 August 2007

THANK YOU!

To:  All Chicago Police Department, OEMC, and University of Chicago Police Department personnel assigned to the 3rd Annual Ride to Remember on 29 July 2007

Your professionalism in handling the large amount of traffic is truly appreciated. Your efforts resulted in a safe event which contributed to it being a huge success.

Thank you.

Commander Nicholas J. Roti Gang Intelligence Section

Commander Steve Peterson Area 4 Detective Division

Ride to Remember Committee Members.

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 4th District Police Officers: Sgt. S. Rotkvich, P.O. J. Botich, P.O. J. Luna and P.O. E. Maras. 

On 5 Jun. 07, these officers responded to a location where an Armed Robbery had just occurred. The officers viewed the video recording of the incident and began an exhaustive search for the offender. They observed a male black who resembled the offender, who was drinking on the public way. The offender was placed in custody, and brought into Area 2 for further questioning.

Subsequent investigation revealed the subject to be the offender and was subsequently charged with 3 counts of Armed Robbery. Due to their immediate response to the robbery and aggressive search for the offender, a dangerous felon was taken off the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Tuesday, 07 August 2007

July 24, 2007

Philip J Cline

Superintendent of Police

Dear Mr. Cline,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you on one of your Officer's, Det. Roland Paulnitsky. Det. Paulnitsky and his Team successfully obtained a Confession of our Insured, Vilut Guarilas. Mr. Guarilas, " Paid his Friend $500.00" to burn his Truck, because he could not afford the Payments any longer. With this confession, The Insured was charged with Arson.

As you well know, Insurance Fraud is a 30 Billion Dollar a Year Problem in the United States. When Law Enforcement and the Insurance Industry work together on this Problem, then hopefully that Number can be reduced significantly.

Again, with Officer's Like Det. Paulnitsky and his team, we can all make a Difference with this growing problem.

Sincerely,

Michael Legenza, CIFI Investigator

Special Investigations Unit

Safeway Insurance Company

Friday, 03 August 2007

Superintendent Cline's Final PAX 501

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When I began this journey back in 1968, I never imagined it would have taken me here. Now as I prepare to leave the Chicago Police Department, I am filled with some sadness but also a deep sense of accomplishment. I have been truly blessed to be a part of the greatest police department in the world.

I am humbled that I was given the chance to lead the department during these past four years. I have been supported by countless people and will always remember the great dedication of the men and women who have answered the call to serve and protect the citizens of this city.

What we have accomplished in these past few years is nothing short of remarkable. Working together we have reduced homicides to save 698 lives as compared to the previous four years. Due to our violence reduction initiatives, shootings are reduced to an all time low, with 9,917 fewer aggravated assaults and batteries involving firearms. Together these data signify that there have been over 122,000 fewer victims of Part I Index Crime. We have saved these potential victims and their families the heartaches crime causes.

The credit and my gratitude go to each and every member of this department. Without your hard work and commitment this success could not have occurred. You have missed countless family meals, worked through holidays and sacrificed to make this city safer. You are the reason we have succeeded. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Other departments have visited us from around the world to learn from our success. It is crystal clear who made this happen. It is you, the rank and file members of the Chicago Police Department.

When I started back as a Cadet, I was fresh, young and impressionable. I quickly learned that the bond, the glue that holds this department together, is the commitment of the people of our police department. For these past 38 years you have been my second family. We have worked together through the night, ate, celebrated, laughed a lot, and sadly buried our own. Since I started my career, I have been surrounded with some of the most talented people I have ever met. As I now leave, I am satisfied that these bright people will continue to move us forward.

Finally, I wish you all good health and much success in your careers. And as always, at the end of your tour of duty, go home safely to your family, as I now go home to mine.

Philip J. Cline

Superintendent Chicago Police Department

Thursday, 02 August 2007

Thanks to Marine Unit . . . .

Stuart H. Galesburg

Attorney at Law 2xx N. LaSalle St.,

Chicago, Illinois 60601

July 24, 2007

Mayor Richard M. Daley

The Mayor's Office 121 N. LaSalle St.

Chicago, Illinois

Re: Incident on Lake Michigan-July 21, 2007, Saturday, @ 4:30 p.m. Location: Ingress and Egress to entrance of Monroe Harbor with' winds, NNE at 12-15 m.p.h.

Re: Chicago Police Boat M-2, and crew, with Sargent Rick Erbacci, P.O. Joe Smith, and, Lineman, P. O. Mike Belluomini.

Dear Honorable Mayor Daley: I am taking this time to write this letter, to you, and those directly and indirectly involved, as my other half, and I, as law abiding citizens, lost engine power, on my watercraft, and was unable, safely to come into the slip at Du Sable Harbor, and called your Marine Command Center, spoke with the dispatch officer, who directed Police Boat and crew to our rescue, and possible, danger of safety and life to us, and other boaters.

The police boat approached us, came to our sides, directed us into Monroe Harbor entrance, tied us aside to their starboard side, and very professionally, and patiently, placed us into our slip at Du Sable, without any harm to us, them, or anyone else, in 12-15 winds from the NNE. They then asked us to tie off, and give them all boating registration, and state of Illinois identification. They had really served and protected us, and any and all boaters around, as they took my craft in without engine power. I am tired of reading about how the Chicago Police do not do their jobs. I personally have found out, on this occasion and others, that they perform well under stress very professionally, and that you get real positive feedback on their daily operations from the public first hand, since I know you have a great deal of confidence in them.

I was born and raised most of my life in Chicago, and on Lake Michigan, at the beaches, and on the Lake, and at times it is worse than the ocean. I thought that you should know that, operating as a crew, they prevented harm, and or serious consequences for their performance of their duties for myself, and other watercraft, and the boating public.

Thank you for your attention to this letter of compliment to our Marine Chicago Police Units, and the Chicago Police, and the City of Chicago.

Respectfully yours,

Stuart H. Galesburg

SHG/wg

Alderman Edward Burke

Chicago Police Superintendent-Philip J. Cline

Lt. Chris Kennedy-Marine Unit

Sgt. Rick Erbacci

P. O. Mike Belluomini

P. O. Joe Smith

Wednesday, 01 August 2007

Making Chicago Safe

From  the Office of the Superintendent:

This publication is dedicated to the members of the finest police department in the country. Their hard work and dedication to duty has enabled Chicago to experience unprecedented crime reductions in the last four years. Chicago’s murder numbers have not been this low in over 40 years. It has been my privilege to serve as Superintendent these last four years. I thank all members of the Chicago Police Department for their service that led to this crime reduction and put us on the path to being the "Safest Big City in America." Please click on the below link to view, Making Chicago the Safest Big City in America.

Download MakingChicagoSafe.pdf

Sincerely,

Philip J. Cline, Superintendent

Officer Lee Memorial, Pt. 1

Lee_2 Officer Eric D. Lee was shot and killed as he and two other tactical officers attempted to aid a citizen. Officer Lee and his partners were on a special patrol in the Englewood neighborhood when they spotted a man being beaten in an alley. They rushed to assist the victim and announced they were police. One of the fleeing assailants unexpectedly fired, striking Officer Lee in the head. Several suspects were apprehended and held for questioning.

The shooter was charged with the murder of a police officer. On January 23, 2004, Officer Lee's killer was found guilty of first-degree murder. On September 17, 2004, he was sentenced to life in prison. On November 22, 2005, following many continuances, the Cook County Criminal Court judge balanced the scales of justice and denied Officer Lee's killer both motions for a new trial.

Officer Lee was a 9-year veteran officer, a former Marine with a magna cum laude university degree, whose personnel file spoke to his nine years of good judgment on the job. He had volunteered to be a tactical officer, an especially dangerous line of police work. He had passed up his once-every-month options to “bid out” of Englewood for easier duty in a less stressful district. Friends said he liked the people of Englewood, enjoyed the uphill struggle to make their lives safer. Eric Lee became the 4th tactical officer to be shot to death in Chicago in 2 years.

His wife, 6-year-old daughter, parents, two brothers, and a sister survive Eric Lee.

Courtesy:  Officer Down Memorial Page

Officer Down

6th Annual Eric Lee Memorial Picnic

On July 24th, I had the pleasure of attending a picnic for Chicago Police Officer Eric Lee of the 7th District. 

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For the past 6 years, Officer Lee's former partner, Andre, along with officers of the 7th District have taken the time to hold this event in the park in honor and remembrance of a man who was much more than just a Chicago Cop: he was a father, a husband and a friend to many.

While I did not know Officer Lee, I can truly say that I was impressed by the number of people who showed up to support the Lee Family and his "brothers and sisters" from the 7th District.  It was amazing.  Sworn members of all ranks showed up.  Civilians.  Families. 

There was music, laughter, good food.  You could truly feel the respect that they had for this officer.

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In a time when few remember any of the good that we do. . . we took the time to appreciate the fact that, when the day is done, all we have is our family, our friends and each other.

There was no fanfare.  No high-priced tickets.  No fancy banquet hall.  Just a bunch of PO's and their families and friends.  A few grills and great food.  Just regular people who know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that they could have been the one being "remembered" on that day.  As we laughed and hugged and ate. . . I think we ALL understood that. 

And DOZENS of people showed up to remember Eric Lee and the sacrifice he made.  Knowing full well that we may one day be called to make the same sacrifice.  Dozens showed up.

Isn't that really what it's all about?  Isn't that all we ask of each other?  "Just show up when I need you!"

To all the officers involved, Stay Safe. 

Always remember.  See you next year!

We have a link to the photo album of the picnic on our sidebar.  Take a look and enjoy.  We were given about 400 pics, so we'll add more as soon as we can!

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF PO LLOYD JOHNSON (PHOTOGRAPHER EXTRAORDINAIRE!!)

1st District Officer Locates Teen, Probably Saves Him From Himself!

Due to the diligent efforts of Officer Mary Walker on Friday, 20 July 07-1300hrs., (assigned to Beat 134), a youthful out of town runaway wanted on a high end bond warrant for escape from Indiana was located and held for authorities. Her efforts may have prevented future crimes committed by this person. Additionally, persons such as this often faIl prey at the hands of others due to their vulnerability and immaturity. Officer Walker was given information from the desk after receiving a call from the runaway's mother that the youth may be at the Holiday Inn located near Canal and Harrison.

Other Officers attempted to locate this person to no avail earlier in the day. Armed with a description she successfully located this person. She was also alerted to the fact that this 17 year old was wanted on a juvenile warrant from Indiana for escape, (bond-$50,000.OO).

A hold was placed on this accused by Area 3 SVU for pickup by Indiana authorities. Efforts by this Officer demonstrate the concern that our Officers have for the well being of subjects that fall in to the category of "vulnerable persons".

CAPTAIN JOSEPH C. VACLAVIK #97

1st District, 2nd Watch

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

16th District Continues Its Efforts to Confront Crime Head-on

016 District Citizen’s Award

On 21 Jul 07, 0652 hours at 5152 W. Berenice, an Off-Duty Highland Park Police Officer was driving near his home and observed a multi-unit apartment building on fire. After first calling 9-1-1, The off-duty P.O., without regard to you’re his personal safety, entered the burning structure and safely assisted 16 residents, including a 2-month old, to safety. At the next 016th District DAC meeting, the Off Duty Highland Park Illinois Police Officer will be awarded a 016th District “Lifesaving Award.”

Just goes to show that if you're the police. . . you're the police all the time, no matter where you are.

Burglary Mission

On 19 Jul 07 Tactical Team 1662 conducted a burglary mission. Tactical Officers observed a subject entered the car, remove items and walk off. Tactical Officers staged nearby were able to apprehend the subject without incident. Subsequently, the Offender, who resided in Bellwood, Il., was charged with felony burglary to vehicle.

Felony U.U.W. Arrest

On 08 Jul 07 at 0202 hours, 016th District - 1st Watch Officers responded to a call of a “man with a gun at the C.T.A. Cumberland Station.” Hearing the “flash” message given by OEMC, Officers R. BABICZ and J. TORRES observed a subject fitting the description walking in the 8500 block of West Catherine. As the Officers approached, the subject reached into his waistband and pulled out a MAC-10 semi-automatic pistol and lay it on the ground. The Officers immediately placed the individual under arrest. Further investigation revealed the blue steel 9 mm MAC 10 pistol was loaded with three (3) rounds. Subsequently, the Offender was charged with felony U.U.W.

Good job to all.  Stay safe.

Burglary pattern cleared by 8th District P.O.'s

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Police Officers: P.O. K. Quaid and P.O. Sautkus.

On 9 May 07, the officers responded to a call of deceptive practice in progress and observed a vehicle matching the description of the wanted auto. The officers curbed the vehicle and placed the offender under arrest. Further investigation revealed the offender was wanted in a burglary pattern. Due to these officers quick response and keen observation, a career burglar was removed from the streets and charged with several counts of burglary.

Thanks for a job well done.

Monday, 30 July 2007

SOS and TRU Continue Hard Work

On 12 May 2007, Special Operations Section Beats 4470, 4473 and 4472 played an essential role in securing the arrest of the offender responsible for the homicide of a Julian High school student and the shootings of four of his classmates. The officers were in contact with the offender's mother and arranged for the offender to turn himself in. The offender, along with his mother, surrendered to the officers at 103rd and Michigan where he was taken into custody without incident and transported to Area 2 for processmg.

On 27 May 2007, members of the Targeted Response Unit Team 4237 conducted a traffic stop for a minor violation on a vehicle with occupants. The driver was unable to produce a driver's license and was placed into custody. The passenger was name checked which revealed that he was the subject of an active investigative alert with probable cause to arrest and an outstanding LEADS warrant. The officer attempted to place the subject into custody. The subject then became an assailant, necessitating the deployment of a taser to render him under control. The offender was transported to the 003rd District where the F.B.I. Chicago put hold papers pending the charging of armed bank robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking.

During the month of May the helicopter support section of the Marine and Helicopter Unit has had numerous successes in the apprehension of wanted offenders. A notable incident occurred while Helicopter #1 was conducting a narcotic patrol mission in Area 2. Helicopter #1's on-board vehicle theft detection equipment alerted the TFO of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was located in a fenced-in construction yard. The helicopter alerted ground officers who responded to the location and secured the equipment which was returned to its rightful owner.

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Photo Courtesy of:  American Firefighters Motorcycle Club

All Motorcyclists - ALL Bikes - ALL Riders Welcomed

The "American Firefighters Motorcycle Club" of Chicago, presents its 6th annual "Chicago to New York 9-11 Memorial Ride" In memory of our "Brothers and Sisters" and all those who perished on September 11th, 2001

Leaving: 34th & Shields -"Sox Park -US Cellular Field" Area

Wednesday.. September 5th: *Line-up early with "Roll Call" 08:00am, at Armour Square Park 34th and Shields next to "Sox Park -US Cellular Field" North lot area.

Exit 1-90/94 -35th st. and go 1 block West.

*Leaving at 09:11am sharp.

The "9-11 Memorial Ride" will ride 1-80 East & cross country through the many scenic back roads of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

*NYPD Police escorted into New York City and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson on 9-08-06. Visit us online for more up to date info at: www.aff-mc.com

Special Thanks to our Sponsor:  TCF BANK

SGT'S LIST

UNIT                   NAME

013                     URSITTI, Antoinette M.

124/021              WEST, Laura A. 

193                     BLANKS, Kelvin M.

196                     HARRIS, Alonzo D.

606 / 640            FLAHERTY, Thomas G.

610/008              SEDEVIC, Mark T.

610                     CHUDZIK, Walter T.

610 / 606             DICKERSON Jr., Samuel L

610/001               HAUSER, Brian A

610/ 196              HASAN, Andre' A.

610 /002              DELAO, Edward A.

610 / 145             HUFFMAN, Sharon M.

610                     ELKINS, Eric J.

610 / 001            PRICE, Matthew D.

620                    OSIKA, Thomas J.

620/189              HORTON, Thomas M.

620 / 009           POPPISH, Michael J

620/ 153            Mc GUIRE Jr., Danny L.

620 / 006           WILSON, Michelle E.

620 / 008           DOWLING, Richard P.

620 / 005           BURRELL, Robert A.

620                   ULLEWEIT, Frederick C.

620/189            CATO, Eric D.

620 / 006          FORD, Christi

630/ 193           WHITMORE, Gregory A.

630/017            SEDLACEK, Paul M.

630/001            BLOCK, Andrew M.

630 / 025          CALLAGHAN, Brian A.

630/013            HARAN, Patrick A.

630 / 020          KWONG, Norman P.

630                  DANIEL, Heather L.

640 I 253          SCHULER, Joseph

640/012            NOVALEZ, Angel L.

640/ 011         GARDNER, Roderick L.

640/189           SANCHEZ, Alejandro

640/377           DZIAK, Steven E.

640                  LAURICH, Marlene A.

640/014            WEIGLEIN, Timothy R.

640/013            DE LA TORRE, Miguel

640 I 024           VERGARA, Francisca I.

650                  VIVERlTO. Vincent P.

650/015            STACK, Thomas P.

650 / 025          BARTOLI, Daniel A.

650/019             DONAHUE, Patrick E.

650 / 020           NOWACKl, Michael S.

650 / 001           SALADINO, Michael V.

650 / 253            MANNION, Sheamus

650 / 020            GENTILE. William F.

*Current unit of detail is listed first.

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10:30am Tailgate in Red-Lot (Police Cars, Fire Trucks, K-9, Mounted Unit, Etc.)

1:00pm Police vs Fire on the historic Grounds of Wrigley Field (Cline to throw 1st (last) Pitch, Color Guard, Bag Pipes, Harry Carey impersonator, Guest singers, Great Raffles, merchandise and more.

Post Game Party to follow at a local establishment (Great specials, merchandise and raffles)

Chicago Police Memorial Golf Outing

SPECIAL EVENT

A golf outing benefitting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will be held on Friday, 17 August 2007 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, 12294 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL. Police foursomes will receive a 20% discount if they golf on the Ravines/Blue Course. For additional information or to register, call Michael Halsey or Tom Farrell at (708) 388-7900.

Sunday, 29 July 2007

THOMAS E. CAMPSEY, CAPTAIN

BRENTWOOD POLICE DEPT.

BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE

July 12, 2007

To: Commander Steve Georgas

Chicago Police Department 18th District

Commander Georgas:

My name is Tommy Campsey, and I am a Captain with the Brentwood Police Department in Brentwood, Tennessee, which is the first jurisdiction south of Nashville. I've been on the job for thirty years and been in the Detective Division for seventeen. Having said that I would like to take this opportunity to commend Officers Mark Tamlo, Christopher Pilgrim Badge, Peter Bates Badge and James McGuire Badge for their actions on July 9th.

My son, Joshua Thomas Campsey, was the victim of an armed robbery that took place at 1355 North Clark, in beat 1824. When speaking to my son by phone while your officers were on the scene of the arrest, he was almost speechless and at a loss for words at times, however the theme that he kept conveying to me was what an outstanding job Officers Tamlo, Pilgrim, Bates and McGuire had done and how fast they had responded. Having been raised in a police family, my grandfather was a Homicide Detective in Nashville, he had always had a sympathetic and grateful heart towards the men who wear the blue.

Joshua repeated over and over what an awesome job your guys had done; he was totally impressed. My gratitude and thanks are beyond words for the services your officers and department have shown my son during this stressful time.

Needless to say we are Brothers in Blue and I have an undying love and respect for all of you. May God be with you and your department and these fine officers.

Be safe, and if I can ever help you or you'd like to come to Tennessee please give me a shout.

Respectfully,

TC

Brentwood Police Department

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Letter to the Supt.: Officer Takes Time to Help Youth

Commander Eugene Roy

Chicago Police, 009th District

Dear Commander Roy:

On Wednesday night, June 13th, one of my parishioners, a I5-year-old boy named Matthew (of the 3600 block of south Lowe Avenue), drank an entire bottle of vodka and became dangerously ill. His practically lifeless body was found by a neighbor, thank God, who summoned an ambulance. The boy had his stomach pumped and was released from Christ Hospital after a day. Matthew lives with his mother and has very little contact with his father. He seems to have fallen in with the wrong group of friends, whose negative influence almost cost him his life!

A few days after the incident, I ran into one of your officers, Alonso Garza. I asked if he'd be willing to talk to Matthew and warn him about the big mistake he made. Al agreed to pay him a visit, as long as his mother was agreeable with the idea. Indeed she was, and the next day, Officer Garza spent his lunch break at the boy's house, employing both respect for and fear of the law to instill in Matthew the importance of caring for himself, staying away from drugs and alcohol, and choosing friends more carefully.

Officer Garza's efforts seem to have worked! Now two weeks later, Matthew has remained out of trouble. His attitude has changed for the better, and he has not hung around with his former group of "Friends." He has also entered into a one-on-one counseling program. His mother, Christine, is grateful-as am I.

Officer Garza will never know, but the care and love he exhibited may very well have saved a life. His proactive police work in this case has certainly changed a life for the better! And who knows... that life may happen to be a future Chicago police officer or priest. (I selfishly hope for the latter!) Please extend my heartfelt gratitude to Officer Al Garza for going above and beyond.

Respectfully,

Rev. Daniel J. Brandt, Pastor

CC: Superintendent Phil Cline

Friday, 27 July 2007

4th Dist Officers Take Time to Do "Simple Things" for a Citizen

July 8, 2007

To Whom It May Concern,

On Sunday, July 8, 2007 at approximately 5:30 p.m. I, Jacqueline Ilic as walking my dog when he fell in an open hole on the sidewalk. I called 911 and was told the police would not respond to the matter, nor would the fire depar1ment; I had to wait for animal control, which could take hours. My dog is 16 years old and leaving him in an approximate 5 x 5 foot hole on a 100 degree day for hours was not a desirable situation.

My neighbor, Mr. Richard Waszak, a retired police officer managed to have a squad car arrive to help us. Officer Baker and Officer Herrera) from beat 455 were kind enough to assist us in retrieving the dog from the hole. They called the fire department to come out to offer their assistance, however they denied it stating there was an ordinance against helping dogs. Soon thereafter, Sergeant Casey from beat 430 arrived to assess the situation.

It wasn't long before a few kind and helpful neighbors arrived to offer their assistance as well. Upon assessing the situation, it was decided that they would move the loose, heavy concrete piece and the heavy metal water sewer ring, which was caved in. Thankfully, they were successful and were able to pull my dog out of the hole safely. I just wanted to commend the officers and sergeant on offering their kind, quick and wonderful service. It was frustrating for me to receive no help, or sympathy from the 911 and 311 operators as well as the operator from Animal Control in retrieving my dog.

Officers Baker and Herrera and Sergeant Casey could have walked away from the situation stating it was not their responsibility. However, as Chicago Police Officers, they upheld the motto "to serve and protect" the community --. a community which involves not only humans, but animals as well. I feel that they should be commended for their action in going the extra mile especially when they did not have to.

I am very grateful to the officers for their kindness and felt that others should know what great and honorable men they have on their force.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Ilic

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Moore v. City: The Facts, The Results

Read the post below.  It concerns a lawsuit filed against the Police Department.  See the facts.  Judge for yourself. 

MOORE v. CITY OF CHICAGO

On April 8, 2003, Frederick Grady was arrested for criminal trespass to land when he was found inside a tow lot after the lot had closed. He was taken to the 12th District for processing. Mr. Grady reached the 12th District lockup at approximately 10:30 p.m.

At approximately 1:47 a.m., Mr. Grady was found unconscious in his cell. He had two abrasions to his forehead, a laceration to his right hand, and a small abrasion on the back of his right wrist. Mr. Grady’s family sued the two Detention Aides, alleging that they handcuffed Mr. Grady in his cell and hit him once with a baton, causing all of the wounds and inducing a heart attack. The family also sued the lockup keeper, for failing to stop the Detention Aides from attacking Mr. Grady.

Finally, the family alleged that the watch commander and desk sergeants didn’t obtain timely medical treatment for Mr. Grady.

During a week-long federal trial, the trial team from the Corporation Counsel's Office, Liza Franklin, Kathryn Doi, and Anne Preston, proved that Mr. Grady had the right hand laceration hours before he entered lockup. They also proved that Mr. Grady had a heart attack and that his head abrasions were most likely caused by a fall off the cell bench during his heart attack.

Finally, the arrestee in the cell next to Mr. Grady testified that no one went into or out of Mr. Grady’s cell, and that no sounds other than snoring came from the cell before the arrestee heard a thud minutes before Detention Aide Palmsone went to the cell to bond out Mr. Grady.

The jury deliberated for one hour and twenty minutes before rejecting the family’s demand of $29 to 41 million and finding the detention aides and officers not guilty.

THANK YOU!

The “Don’t Kill a Dream Save a Life” Weapons Turn In that took place on 21 July 2007 was the most successful weapons turn in event due to the hard work and dedication of all personnel involved. Without your dedication and excellence this event would not have been as successful. More than 6700 weapons and replicas were taken off the streets of Chicago due to your commitment to excellence.

Thank you!

Philip J. Cline

Superintendent of Police

Dana V. Starks

First Deputy Superintendent

4th District Officers Take Down Counterfeit Merchandise Operation

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 4th District Police Officers: Sgt. D. Park and P.O.'s:  D. Stanek, C. McGhee, E. Heidewald, J. Desmond,  J. Murphy, M. Lyons, . N. Deluca, J. Lipka,  and E.T. Manguerra. 

P.O. Stanek along with P.O. McGhee gathered intelligence from an informant which led them to the counterfeit merchandise empire of Chukwuemeka Ebelechukwu-IR1777161. After conducting surveillance at 9038-40 S. Commercial, Stanek and McGhee identified Ebelechukwu as their prime suspect and that the location was his operating headquarters.

Armed with this knowledge, Stanek and McGhee brought their informant before a Cook County Circuit Court Judge where the informant gave sworn testimony justifying a search warrant for Ebelechukwu’s business. On 7 Apr. 07, the above officers successfully executed a search warrant at 9038-40 S. Commercial seizing 13,725 pairs of counterfeit NIKE shoes, a large amount of United States Currency, and substantial amounts of other counterfeit merchandise.

The officers also seized many incriminating documents linking the crimes to Ebelechukwu. Representatives from NIKE were able to confirm this merchandise as counterfeit and give a conservative figure of the merchandise having a street value of 1.1 million dollars. Based on all of the intelligence gathered, all the evidence recovered and all of the excellent investigative work performed by these officers, felony charges were approved.

Thanks for a job well done.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Teen Thugs Rob Elderly Citizen At Gunpoint--CPD Catches Them

This information was submitted to us by Officer J. Mirabelli, who thought this was an example of good police work.  We agree. 

On July 17th, a 72 year-old man was in his backyard when he was approached by two offenders.  One of the offenders pulled a .357 revolver, pointed it at the man and demanded money.  The offenders took the man's wallet and cell phone and fled the scene. 

Officers responding to the call were able to obtain a good description of the offenders and toured the area in search of these thugs.

The offenders were located a few blocks away and, as the officers approached, the foot chase was on.  During the chase, the offenders dropped a few things--including the victim's possessions (which were recovered).   The offenders were taken into custody and the weapon recovered after the short chase.  The victim was able to identify the offenders.

Edward Pugh,17, and Donald Ashford, 19, were charged with armed robbery.  Subsequent investigation resulted in Ashford being charged with two additional robberies.

Because of these officer's quick response and the victim's courage in identifying the offenders, two thugs and their weapon were taken off the streets.

Job well done by all.

Alert Officers Capture Homicide Offender

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 4th District Officers:

Sgt. S. Rotkvich; P.O.'s A. Guerrero, A. Martinez, D. Swalina and D. Decker  AND Narcotics Officer J. Knezevich.

On April 07, P.O.'s Guerrero and Martinez were off duty when they observed a car shooting at another in traffic.  The officers pursued the car but lost it after a short chase; however, they were able to supply a description  and license plate of the offender's car.  P.O. Knezevich was on a covert surveillance mission when he spotted the offender's car.

With assistance from the 4th District officers, they were able to curb the vehicle, recover the weapon and arrest the offender.  Due to the officers' quick response and determination, the offender was charged with First Degree Murder after it was determined that the shooting was fatal.

Thanks for a job well done.

Monday, 23 July 2007

MIKE METTE DEFENSE FUND SITE UP AND RUNNING

As you may have heard, Michael Mette is a Chicago Police Officer currently facing prison time in Iowa.  This is because, according to news reports and court documents,  he defended himself during a confrontation with a drunken subject. 

According to multiple reports, Officer Mette attempted numerous times to avoid conflict.  After being pursued by the drunken combatant, Officer Mette threw one punch.   And now faces 5 years in prison.

The complete facts of this incident are outlined in court documents and on his website.

Please follow the link, read his story and show him the support he deserves.

MIKEMETTEDEFENSEFUND

Quick Response, Good Follow-Up Yield Armed Robbery Arrests

SALUTE

Area 2 Detective Division Salutes 004th District Police Officers: P.O. T. Kelly, P.O. S. Neighbors, P.O. R. Newman,  and P.O. N. Morgan.

On 29 Mar. 07, the officers responded to a call of an armed robbery in which senior citizen was brutally beaten with large tree branch. Upon arriving the scene, the officers recovered a cellular phone dropped by one offender. The victim confirmed the photograph on the phone screen as being one the offenders. Through interviews it was learned the offenders had been in nearby auto parts store.

The officers and victim viewed the store video surveillance tape and the victim confirmed the offenders had been captured on video. The officers used the recovered cell phone & called the last number dialed and were able to learn the address and identity of the phone owner.

The officers went to the address and apprehended the offenders. Due to these officers immediate response, crime scene investigation and skilled interviewing, two dangerous offenders were charged with Armed Robbery.

Thanks for a job well done.

23RD District Works with Community, Gets Job Done

Picture_014_rios_caps The 023rd district Community Policing staff congratulates Officer Rios. P.O. Officer RIOS (center) was presented with an honorable mention for ensuring business cooperation regarding officer safety issues. In addition, Officer Rios coordinated across city agency lines, which resulted in superior city services to the community and the gay lesbian pride parade participants. This event drew over a half a million participants with no conflicts resulting.

Picture_012_safety_cones 023rd district and the DAC utilized Allstate funding to provide traffic safety cones to the schools within the 023rd district. Commander Yamashiroya presented these new cones to school officials. The cones will be utilized for child safety by rerouting traffic and securing school bus loading zones.

Pict0023_kids_2 023rd district community policing officers JENKINS and ALESSI visit preschoolers at Temple Shalom. The students were enthusiastic and received the officers with joy. The preschoolers were familiarized with, "who the police are" and "how to react in emergency situations". Stranger danger was also discussed. The boys and girls were then deputized into the 023rd district auxiliary police.

To all the Officers and Community Residents involved, Job Well Done.

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Just Another "Ordinary" Day in the 1st District!

These accounts were sent to us by Capt. Vaclavik, Lt. Nagode and Lt. Huh of the 1st District. 

Tact Officers Cause "Panic" for Alleged Drug Dealer

On 13 Jul 07, Officers from the 163 and 164 Tact Teams were detailed to the Wide Spread Panic concert. During patrol of the area at 35 E. Wacker, Officers observed the offender, POWERS, J., sell a concert ticket to an unknown male. Officers approached the offender to conduct a field interview at which time they observed POWERS holding a bag containing mushrooms -- suspected halluci-nogens.  Further search of POWERS revealed that he was also in possession of 122 tablets of ecstacy, and 192 tablets of suspect acid.

POWERS was taken into custody and charged accordingly. The officers inventoried 70 grams of mushrooms estimated street value (ESV) $3000.00, 625 grams of ecstasy ESV $5600.00 and 192 pills of acid ESV $962.00.

Junior "Evil Genius" Steals City Tow Truck

On June 25th, a Streets & Sanitation tow truck was assisting a stranded motorist when the motorist, upon having his vehicle hooked by the truck, entered the cab of the tow truck and began patting the driver down, taking his cell phone and keys. The tow truck driver, fearing for his safety in the midst of the robbery, exited the truck, at which time the offender took possession of the truck and, with his vehicle in tow, fled the scene Westbound from Balbo and Columbus. The driver notified police and Bt. 132, P.O. S. McCALL was dispatched to the scene. GPS tracked the truck to the vicinity of 14th St. and Michigan Ave, where Bt. 171, Officers T. PALMA and S. KING located the tow truck in the alley behind 2311 S. Wabash.

Officer PALMA exited the wagon and stood in the path of the oncoming tow truck, ordering him to stop but ultimately had to flee the path of the oncoming truck to preserve his safety. Bt. 171 trailed the fleeing truck South on Michigan Ave., from a safe distance and speed, soon followed by multiple units including Bt. 141, P.O. E. GOLDSMITH. The offender was apprehended at 31st and Michigan after the offender jumped out of the moving truck, causing a major traffic accident.

The offender, a juvenile, was charged with multiple robbery offenses, documented under RD. # HN-427404.

Never Fear, CPD is Here

On 3 JuIy 2007, after the fireworks display, a senior citizen couple (married 54 years) from Wisconsin, could not locate the garage where they had parked their car. Third watch desk and beat officers attempted to assist the couple, however the crowds were overwhelming. The couple decided to return home and come back to Chicago if and when their vehicle was located. The couple was taken to Greyhound Bus and they returned home to Wisconsin.

At daybreak, 199, 190, 172 and 124 assisted and searched garages in the south loop (on Harrison from Clark to Wabash) for the vehicle. At approximately 0615 Beats 199 & 190 located the vehicle at 760 S. Polk, in a public parking garage, on the second floor. Because the couple did not receive a ticket when they self-parked their vehicle, the manager was informed of the situation and told that the couple had gone home to Wisconsin on the Greyhound Bus and they would return on the 4/5 July to retrieve their auto. Officer King (3rd watch) left the couple a message on their answer machine.

The couple's car was found by the Chicago Police Department and the returned to Chicago and retrieved their vehicle from the parking garage. This was a happy ending to visitors of the TASTE.

Good job, all the way around!  Stay safe.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

18th District Officers Capture Armed Robber

SALUTE

Area 3 Detective Division Salutes 18th District Police Officers: P.O. J. McCarthy, P.O. A. Odeshoo and P.O. L. Novalez.

The above officers monitored a call of an armed robbery. Armed with a description of the offender, the officers began a systematic search of the surrounding area. While patrolling a nearby alley, the officers observed a subject matching the description of the wanted offender. The subject fled and a short foot chase ensued. The officers were able to take the subject in custody without incident. The subject was positively identified by the victim and witnesses as the offender from the armed robbery. Due to the officers diligence, the subject was arrested and charged accordingly.

Thanks for a job well done.

Friday, 20 July 2007

Berwyn PD Tips Hat to Helicopter Unit

BERWYN POLICE DEPARTMENT

June 14, 2007

Dear Superintendent:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to you and to Chief Pilot Harold Hohm of the CPD/CCSPD Joint Helicopter Task Force for your assistance rendered in the search of an elderly Alzheimer patient reported missing from her home in the City of Berwyn, on June 6, 2007.

Special commendations to the pilot and crew for their professionalism in responding to this situation and their valuable assistance.

The Joint Helicopter Task Force is an invaluable tool in helping keep our communities safe. We appreciate your continued support and cooperation. Please do not hesitate to call on us if you are ever in need of our assistance.

Respectfully,

William R. Kushner

Chief of Police

Berwyn Police Department

Local Doctor Offers Services to Veterans

SPECIAL NOTICE

Dr. Manus Kraff of the Kraff Eye Institute will perform laser vision correction surgery at no charge for veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11. Proof of service (DD-214) must be presented at the time of consultation. Veterans must be Illinois residents. This procedure is also offered to any military family member at a 50% discount. Their office is located at 3115 N. Harlem Ave. in Chicago. Please contact Mary Jo Field at (773) 777-4444 for questions or to schedule a free consultation.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Officer Safety - Escape from Flex Cuffs

This web site was sent to me by an acquaintance.  Worth the time to watch as it concerns officer safety.    Obviously when cuffing someone it should always be behind the back, even with flex cuffs.  http://www.metacafe.com/w/545672/

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 9th District Police Officers: P.O. C. Cooper and P.O. A. Corral. Cooper & Corral, while on aggressive patrol, were flagged down by a victim of a robbery. The officers began an immediate search for the offender.

The officers located a witness and then the offender. Both the witness and the victim identified the offender as the individual that beat the victim and took his property.

Due to the dedication to duty and quick response by the officers, a vicious offender was removed from the streets and charged with robbery.

Thanks for a job well done.

Battery Offender Turns Out to Be Alleged Burglar, Too

SALUTE

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Police Officers: P.O. C. Honkisz and P.O. M. Jedry.  P.O.'s Honkisz & Jedry, while on aggressive patrol responded to an O.E.C. call of a victim being threatened with a battery. The officers responded, obtained a description of the offender and subsequently apprehended him. The offender was positively identified by the victim as the offender and also identified by the witness as the offender in a residential burglary. Due to the officers quick response and efforts in locating the offender, a residential burglar was removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

SALUTE

Area 3 Detective Division Salutes 19th District Police Officer: P.O. R. Elkins, & 23rd District Officers P.O. G. Espinosa, P.O. T. Walsh.

On 13 Apr. 07, a limo driver was robbed of his wallet and cell phone at gunpoint. Officer Elkins responded and learned the phone had satellite tracking ability, contacted the limo service dispatch and sent a flash message on the phones location.

Officers Espinosa and Walsh went to the phones location and observed a subject matching the suspects description with a phone in his hand.

Due to the timely coordination of the officers, the victims property was recovered and a convicted robber was taken off the street.

Thanks for a job well done.

Remain Professional, Remain Safe

We simply want to thank the Officers of the Chicago Police Department for the work that you do.

As we all have heard before, you never know what you are going to face when you pull up to the scene of your next job.  With that in mind, remember to always resort to your training and experience to keep you safe.

Conduct yourselves professionally and safely.  Continue to back each other up and COME HOME SAFE.

New York had to bury a 23-year-old police officer, who had been on the job for less than 2 years.  He was brutally shot in the face as he approached what turned out to be a stolen vehicle.  His partner was also shot but survived.

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and New York Police Department on their loss of a family member.

Men and women of the Chicago Police Department, continue to keep the families of those who've lost their lives as they "serve and protect" in your prayers. 

Remember your training -----and remember that the most important mission each and every day is for you to return home safely.

Sincere Praise for Professional Work

June 22, 2007

To: Philip J. Cline,

Superintendent Chicago Police

I certainly trust that this letter is not unique. Unique in the sense that I am writing not to condemn the Chicago Police Department, but to commend it for a job well done.

I was a victim of fraud in March of this year and when I was made aware of what had happened, I went to my local Police Station to file a report. I was then contacted by Detective John McInerney of Area 4 and the process began. He visited me at my home on two occasions to review the details and within a week had a confession from the guilty party.

This is the kind of professionalism that the city can be proud of and appreciate. We are now waiting for a court date. I am aware of how the system works because I am a court advocate for the Police Department along with being the beat facilitator for 1212 and I am also a member of the 12th District DAC.

In the course of "doing my thing", I have come to know Commander Ron Sodini and many of his officers and have developed an even greater appreciation for the Department and its work. The old adage that "one rotten apple will spoil the bushel", does not apply to the Chicago Police Department.

Thank you for a job well done.

Sincerely, Richard Drnec

Chicago, IL, 60661

SPECIAL EVENT

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 07. To register on line please go www.area4ridetoremember.com. day of ride registration, please arrive Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs, the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs. For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Special Operation Section is hosting a LifeSource Blood Drive on 19 Jul. 07, from 1200-1900 hours at 3340 W. Filmore, 3rd floor roll call room. To schedule your appointment, contact P.O. Guice at Bell- 6-7150 or Pax-4341. Walk-ins are welcomed.

Monday, 16 July 2007

ARE YOU AWARE?

The Chicago Police History Committee is seeking photos of sworn officers from families with a history of service in the Chicago Police Department. All photos submitted will be considered for inclusion in a display being planned for the headquarters multipurpose room. Photos should be of sworn family members from different generations within the same maternal or paternal lineage (e.g., grandfather/ grandmother, father/mother, son/daughter). Sworn family members, retired or active, may be pictured in the same photo or separate photos.

Families wishing to be represented in the display must have at least one sworn member that is currently active. Any non-active members pictured in photos must have left the department in good standing. It is preferred (but not required) that members be pictured in uniform.

Please include the following information with your submission: name, rank, and dates/years of service of officers pictured in photos, submitter’s contact information/phone number, and a department address where original photos can be returned via intradepartmental mail.

Submit photos to: Bureau of Administrative Services, Unit 120, c/o Anthony Caruso, Administrative Manager. If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Caruso at (312) 745-5600 or anthony.caruso@chicagopolice.org.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Grateful Family Sends Letter of Thanks to Brave Officer

Note to our readers:  On Monday 11 June 2007, we posted the story of Officer Carl Carter, who saved a woman from drowning.  This is the letter that was sent to the Superintendent from the woman's family.  It's responses like this that make the difference. We wish the best for this family and, again,  applaud the efforts of Officer Carter.  Job well done.

Dear Officer Carter,

I'm writing this letter to thank you for risking your life to save my niece (sic) life. This past weekend my niece was very depressed and attempted to end her life. But God put you at the right place and time and you jumped in to save her.

Because of you[r] heroic effort she survived this tragic event. She now has a second chance at life thanks to you. You may look at this as "I was just doing my job," but it means so much more to my family. A lot of people will look the other way or just don't want to risk their own life, because I'm sure you have a family to think about also, but without hesitation you immediately took action.

For this we will forever be grateful to you. I know right now Police Officers are being viewed with negative publicity with all the beating allegations and so forth, but I know that there are only a few bad seeds. I know that there are some good officers that do their job, because you are one of those that the city needs to recognize as a good person.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and my family's heart for what you have done. You will forever be in our prayers.

Sincerely,

The Morrow Family

Saturday, 14 July 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 Jul. 07. To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs, the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs. For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

THANK YOU!

To all CPD & OEMC personnel assigned to the 2007 Caribbean Festival of Life 4-8 Jul. 07 in Washington Park. Your professionalism in handling large crowds and heavy traffic during the extreme heat is truly appreciated. Your efforts resulted in a safe event free from incident. Thank you.

Lynette Helm

Commander 002nd District

SPECIAL EVENT

There will be a LifeSource Blood Drive held at Chicago Police Headquarters, on Tuesday, 24 Jul. 07, from 0700-1400 hours in the Multi-Purpose Room. Your blood donation could help a neighbor, friend, loved one or even a co-worker. Please come out and support this event. To schedule your appointment or for more information, contact the Special Activities Section at (312) 745-5844 or Pax 0207. Appointments are not required.

"Routine" Name Check Reveals Sex Offender

SALUTE

Area 4 Detective Division salutes 11th District Police Officers: P.O. R. Jackson, and P.O. S. Gonzalez,

On 1 May 07, a subject was observed to be loitering in a known narcotics location. He looked in the officers direction and quickly walked away. The subject was detained and a name check revealed he was a sex offender who was in violation of registration in two states, and also had a warrant for failing to register. The subject was placed under arrest and charged with a felony.

Due to the officers diligence, a dangerous sex offender was removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done.

Friday, 13 July 2007

Letter to the Superintendent

The letter posted below was sent to the Superintendent and the Mayor. We thank the citizens of Chicago for taking the time to let us know that they appreciate the work we do.

Dear Superintendent Cline, My son, Jimmy was mugged [on] Monday, May 21,2007 at about 1 :15 in the afternoon walking home from school. It happened only about 1/2 block from our home. A neighbor saw the attack and started to scream from her front door. Additionally, a nursing student from Rush University happened to see this and called 911.

The attackers knocked Jimmy to the ground and kicked him. They took his backpack, which had a cell phone, keys and books. The response from the CPD was fantastic. They were on the scene within one minute with a number of officers. Even the UIC police were involved.

The five offenders were taken into custody within two hours and all of Jimmy's items were returned, even his cell phone. The experience was disturbing but made better by the tare and concern the officers showed him. While we waited for the events to unfold during the afternoon, I was able to explain to Jimmy how citizens need to be involved and cooperate with the CPD to make all neighborhoods safer. This turned out to be a great learning experience for both of us.

I want to thank Officers Considine, Huerta, Lazauskas, Gonzalez, Haro, Munoz, Sergeant Rybka, Detective Cibas, Commander Sodini and Commander Peterson and all of the other personal from District 12 and Area 4. I was very impressed with their compassion and consideration. Everyone went beyond what I would have expected.

The City should be proud of the officers and detectives in District 12 and Area 4. I was very impressed with their professionalism and attention.

Thank You Very Much,

Patrick and Mary Jo Harney

Chicago 606xx

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Thanks for a Job Well Done

THANK YOU!

On behalf of the Central Control Group, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all of the support by members of the Chicago Police Department during the Taste of Chicago. Your dedication to duty, professionalism and ethical behavior was evident during this ten day event. With over 3.6 million visitors attending, the Chicago Police Department once again proudly represented the City.

Deputy Chief Jim Keating

Commander Kevin Ryan

Area 5 Detective Division Salutes 25th District Officers

SALUTE Area 5 Detective Division Salutes 25th District Police Officers:

P.O. B. Owca, P.O. J. Cordero, P.O. J. Salvetti, P.O. K. Kruger, P.O. M. Rix, P.O. Renteria

On 23 Apr. 07, a homicide occurred in the 25th District at 1550 N. Lawler. The 911 caller was able to provide the responding officers with an extensive description of the wanted offenders. Officers Owca & Cordero, who were responding to the scene, observed the three wanted offenders. The offenders fled on foot with the shooter in the homicide discarding the handgun used in the crime. The officers apprehended the offender and recovered the weapon used. Officers Salvetti & Kruger subsequently apprehended the two other offenders and all three offenders were positively identified by witnesses who were interviewed by Officers Rix & Renteria. The handgun was matched with the evidence recovered at the scene and the shooter was charged with 1st Degree Murder. Thanks to the officers alert attention to duty and professionalism a dangerous trio was removed from the streets.

Thanks for a job well done. Good Police Work. Stay Safe!

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

At some point in time, justice will be served

Fugitive stalls extradition 38 years after shooting
June 29, 2007

More than 450 miles and 38 years separate Terrence Knox in Orland Park from Joseph Pannell in his Toronto jail cell.

But their lives remain bound by a flashpoint in March 1969, when gun shots rang out on the South Side of Chicago.

It was a "nice day," according to Knox -- a strange way for a man to describe the day he almost died.

In March 1969, Knox was a 21-year-old Chicago police officer. He said he can't remember what the weather was like on that day, but it was a "nice day" because he had written a few tickets and taken his squad car for a wash. For a Chicago cop, that qualifies as nice.

But then Knox received a call to patrol a South Side neighborhood, because Hirsch High School officials were anticipating possible student violence.

Knox was instructed to question anyone wandering the streets who appeared to be of school age.

Near 77th Street and Drexel Avenue, Knox stopped a young black man and asked him why he wasn't in school. The man refused to submit to a search.

Knox headed back to his squad car to radio his police district for a background check. Shots were fired -- as many as 13, according to one report. Three bullets went into the police officer's right arm, one severing an artery.

Only a year out of the police academy at the time, Knox now says, "I guess you could say that I flunked ducking that day." A police officer responding to the scene stuck a finger in the hole in Knox's arm to keep him from bleeding to death.

Pannell, 19, AWOL from the Navy, eventually was arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.

But 38 years later, Knox still is waiting for Pannell to come to trial.

In 1971, Pannell skipped bail.

Two years later, FBI investigators contacted Knox and told him they had tracked down the fugitive. Knox went with the FBI agents to make a positive identification. There was no doubt in his mind that Pannell was the man who shot him.

Pannell was arrested for the same crime a second time.

And for a second time, a judge released Pannell on $10,000 bail.

"The judge knew he was a flight risk," Knox said. "I got so excited in the courtroom when he let him go on bail that I almost got cited for contempt of court."

Pannell took off again, this time across the Canadian border.

Knox eventually would leave the police department in 1977 with a partially paralyzed right arm.

But he continued to pursue Pannell.

"I heard he was in Canada working at a library," Knox said. "I tried to get the FBI to issue a fugitive warrant, but they wouldn't do it. I wrote letters to U.S. senators, congressmen, the Justice Department, the State Department -- no one seemed interested."

When Phil Cline became the Chicago police superintendent, Knox said he went to see him.

"I told him the oldest cold case in Chicago probably involved the shooting of a police officer, and he couldn't believe it," Knox said.

"Cline asked the department's cold case investigators to look into it, and that's how they finally tracked Pannell down."

In July 2004, Pannell was arrested for the third time.

He had been working under an assumed name, Gary Freeman, as a researcher in a Toronto reference library for 17 years.

Pannell had married and raised a family.

Knox had married and raised two daughters.

He has worked in the private sector and became a member of a victim rights task force under Mayor Daley.

As a victim himself, Knox thought that with Pannell's arrest, he would finally get his day in court.

But Pannell's case has become something of a cause celebre in Canada.

Pannell claims that he was a member of the Black Panther Party, which was persecuted by Chicago police in the 1960s. Canadian newspaper stories make it clear that Pannell fled the United States because he couldn't possibly have gotten a fair trial in the Windy City.

But questions have been raised as to whether Pannell ever was a member of the Panthers. A reporter who interviewed Panthers during a Chicago reunion couldn't find one who remembered Pannell from those days.

Hundreds of people have signed petitions opposing Pannell's extradition.

A reporter for a Toronto newspaper wrote of having met Pannell as a youth. The reporter recalled Pannell influencing scores of young black people, and said he might have become a college professor if his life had taken a different turn.

During an extradition hearing in 2005, more than 100 Pannell supporters filled a courtroom. Many of them wept as a judge ruled that Pannell should be returned to Chicago for trial.

Knox hailed the decision and expected to finally come face to face once more with his accused assailant.

But Pannell remains in a Canadian jail.

The Canadian minister of justice was scheduled to sign the order of extradition on July 6.

But a Pannell Web site revealed on Monday that the date had been delayed to Sept. 13.

"If he didn't do it, come back to Chicago and face a jury," Knox said. "If he's found not guilty, I'll shake his hand."

Knox, 60, who had heart bypass surgery in 2004, seemed to feel there was a sense of urgency about bringing Pannell to trial soon.

I asked him, "Why?"

"Just say people don't live long, and leave it at that," Knox said.

In one of life's ironies, Knox's congressman now is Bobby Rush (D-Chicago), the former defense minister of the Black Panthers.

Knox said he has asked Rush to pressure Canada for extradition but has not received a reply.

"My country has done very little to help me," Knox said. "But for three years, Canada has kept Pannell from facing justice in the U.S. courts."

Phil Kadner may be reached at
pkadner@dailysouthtown.com
or (708) 633-6787.

Special Investigations Unit Salute

The Special Investigations Unit salutes Officer J. Rivera of the 25th District and the 17th District Tactical Team "C", 1763E. Lt. Porebski, Officer K. Beatovic and Officer J. Driver and Officer Woloszynski. 

Officer Rivera responded to a call of information for the police.  He learned that Detective Muniz was conducting an investigation regarding an Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child by a family member.  The officer contacted the detective and the 17th District Tact team for assistance3.  The offender was taken into custody and charged with a Class X Felony.  Because of these officers diligence and dedication, a piece of garbage was removed from the street and charged with 2 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault.

Thanks for professional police work.  Good Job.  Stay Safe!

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Special Investigations Salute to 25th District Officers

While on routine patrol, Officer J. Stagen aqnd M. Drozd of the 25th District observed a subject urinating on the public way.  The officers ran the subject in I-Clear and noticed the offenders prior CB photo.  The officers noted that the subjects appearancece had changed dramatically and the prior photo fit the description of a composite issed for the violent sexual assault of a child on his way to school.  The officers took the subject into the area and after a lengthy investigation the subject was charged with Predatory Sexual Assault of a child.  Due to these officers dedication to duty a violent sexual predator was removed the the street.

Good police work will usually result in taking more garbage off the streets.  Nice job.  Stay safe!

Monday, 09 July 2007

"Ride To Remember" 

All proceeds will benefit the
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Greetings!

Please come out and join the 3rd Annual "Ride To Remember" on Sunday July 29, 2007 as we ride in memory of Chicago's Fallen Heroes and their families.
Ride Info:
When:              Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 10:00 am
Where:                   Area 4 Detective Headquarters
                            3151 W. Harrison  - Harrison & Kedzie
                  Chicago, IL 60612
Registration:  8:00 - 9:30 am sign in and motorcycle line up.
Registration Fee: Rider $35.00    Passenger $25.00
Registration Includes: Memorial Ride Ride To Remember T-Shirt  After Ride Celebration for all participants at F.O.P. Hall located at 1412 W. Washington Blvd. following the ride.
                                 
Food / Live Music / Refreshments / Benefit Raffle
Non Riders: Those who don't ride but wish to join in supporting this event are welcome to participate in the "After Ride Celebration" at F.O.P. Hall for only $20.00
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
1359 W Washington Blvd

Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-499-8899
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation | 1359 W Washington Blvd | Chicago | IL | 60607

Offender Arrested and Charged with Double Homicide

On June 1, 2007, police responded to a call of "person shot" at 800 block of W. 53rd Street.  Upon their arrival, the officers discovered two male victims lying on the ground.  Both victims had suffered gunshot wounds and would soon expire at the scene as a result of those wounds.

Area 1 detectives continued their investigation and determined the identity of the offender (Darrian Daniels) who was arrested and charged with two counts of First Degree Murder. 

The homicides appeared to be gang-related, according to investigators. 

The victims were 20 and 29 years old.  The offender is 26 years old.  Three lives wasted. 

We applaud Area 1 Detectives for their good investigative work.  Nice job bringing in someone who obviously has no concern for life. . . not even his own.

Stay safe.

Sunday, 08 July 2007

CHICAGO POLICE ENFORCERS FOOTBALL TEAM'S 1st ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

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CHICAGO POLICE ENFORCERS FOOTBALL TEAM PRESENTS
THE 1ST ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

WHERE:  8700 Carriage Greens Drive, Darien IL

WHEN:    "Shot Gun Start"  on Sunday, August 12th 2007 at 11 am.

Proceeds to benefit Enforcer Charities

For ticket info call:
Sgt. Terry Negrete:  Unit 140   (312)-745-5043
P.O. Joseph Perilli:  Unit 543    (312) 745-6242

Additional information available at:

www.CPDENFORCERS.COM or www.NPSFL.COM

SPECIAL EVENT

The Special Operation Section is hosting a LifeSource Blood Drive on 19 Jul. 07, from 1200-1900 hours at 3340 W. Filmore, 3rd floor roll call room. To schedule our appointment, contact P.O. Guice at Bell- 6-7150 or Pax-4341. Walk-ins are welcomed.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Soccer Team has played against other departments nationally, including the St. Louis P.D. & the Chicago Fire Department and practices regularly at the Academy and other locations. The team also supports the Chicago Police Memorial. For further information, or if you are interested in playing, contact P.O. Bob Kellum, 10th District, or Cmdr. Elais Voulgaris, Unit 253, or visit the website, www.cpdsoccer.com.

Friday, 06 July 2007

New Weapons Order Approved

CC has just received the much-awaited information regarding the new approved weapons order.

After consultation with the Mayor, the Superintendent has approved an updated Weapons and Ammunition General Order. The specific order number has not been assigned and the effective date of the order has not been decided. However, some of the key points of the order are as follows:

  1. Striker-fired pistols manufactured by Smith and Wesson, Springfield Armory, and Glock have been approved
  2. The calibers of 9mm Luger (Parabellum), .40 S&W, and .45 ACP have been approved
  3. Department members will be allowed to transition to striker-fired pistols as their primary weapon after they have completed a voluntary transition course during off-duty hours
  4. Transition courses will consist of either 24 hours of instruction for revolver officers or 16 hours of instruction for semi-automatic officers
  5. Transition Courses are being planned for the last three months of 2007; a schedule of courses has not yet been posted
  6. Department members will not be allowed to carry a striker-fired pistol until they have either completed their basic recruit training with a striker-fired pistol or completed the required transition course
  7. Department members will not be required to transition to a new firing system
  8. Department members will be allowed to transition to a semi-automatic pistol as their primary weapon in lieu of their prescribed revolver
  9. Roll Call weapons inspection will be required every Wednesday
  10. Uniformed sworn members assigned to field duties who carry a semi-automatic pistol will carry an approved firearm with a minimum barrel length of 3.5 inches
  11. Citizens dress sworn members assigned to field duties who carry a semi-automatic pistol will carry an approved firearm with a minimum barrel length of 3.0 inches

Temporary Replacement weapons will be stored at and distributed from the Education and Training Division Range, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd.

The Approved Handgun Certificate and the Special Weapons Certificate have been discontinued. Beginning with JAN 2007, Department Members’ qualification records are accessible through ICLEAR.

A Deputy Superintendent or the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent may authorize the use of additional weapons/ammunition with written justification and a suggested training and certification program. Department Members should familiarize themselves with the entire order once it becomes available to avoid acquiring weapons or equipment that have not been authorized.

Soldiers Abroad Ask for Your Support

US Marine Colonel Simcock, a commander in Iraq, is asking for 6,000 positive emails to his Marines. That's one email for each Marine in his RCT command. COL Simcock is concerned about the effect of the negative barrage that those Marines are getting through the electronic media. Attached below is an excerpt from an interview with him. So far, they've only mustered 2,000 emails. That's a crying shame compared to the amount of junk people receive and send daily in email.

"This is a legitimate request. It's not one of the "little Johnny wants to break the world's record in Christmas cards" situations. It takes only 30 seconds of your time."

Here's the address:  RCT-6lettersfromh@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil. Type a few words, and then hit "send" to be all done. It doesn't have to be the Gettysburg Address. Something as simple as "Hello, Marine. We thank you for what you're doing. You are in a noble task. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Best wishes & get home soon" is more than sufficient."

Moderator's note:  No matter what your "stance" on the war, please remember that men and women are placing themselves in harm's way to provide and protect the very freedoms that we enjoy every day. Let's do our best and support them.

Wednesday, 04 July 2007

Happy Fourth of July

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The National Anthem Of America

"Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

          Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

          And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

          O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

          On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?

           Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream: 'Tis the Star-Spangled Banner! O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

           Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

           Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust".

And the Star-Spangled Banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! "

Freedom is never "free".  Remember those who serve; remember those who have sacrificed for our liberty.

Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Off-Duty Commander Captures Shooting Suspect

In June of 2007, 15th District Commander Alfonza Wysinger was off-duty in the area of Ferdinand and LeClaire on Beat 1532 when a shootout ensued between several gang members. During this shootout, an innocent by-stander (39 year old female) was shot in the leg. Commander Wysinger, observing offender, Augueste BURTON, with a gun, announced his office and ordered the offender to stop.

BURTON then pointed his weapon, a .357 Magnum, at Commander Wysinger and fired. The Commander returned fire and pursued BURTON, capturing him a short distance away.

Gang Team 1568 assisted in the arrest of BURTON and the capture of another offender, Jeffrey DANIELS. A third offender is still at large. Offenders BURTON and DANIELS were processed and successfully charged.

Involved Officers:

K. DEADY Kenneth 1568C
Commanders A. WYSINGER 1500

Assisting Arresting Officers:
J. TROUTMAN 1568A
R. DELCID 1568A
T. MASON Thomas 1568
M. JOHNSON  1568D
G. WOITEL 1568B
M. ANDERSON Michael 1568C

You have to be the police. . . everyday.  You never know what you may stumble upon.  It worked out well this time.  Great job and as always, stay safe.

Area 1 Salute

SALUTE

Area One Detective Division salutes 008th District Police Officers: P.P.O. D.Stapleton, P.O. E. Clark

The officers, while on routine patrol, observed a vehicle matching the description of one used in an armed robbery, parked outside a convenience store. The officers apprehended the driver, who was inside the store attempting to use a victims ATM card. The weapon used in the robberies and proceeds taken were found by the officers in the vehicle. It was later learned that the offender was responsible for other recent robberies in the area, and was charged by the Cook County States Attorney Office with 4 Armed Robberies and an aggravated Vehicular Hijacking.

Thanks for a job well done.

16th District Citizen Involvement Makes a Difference

On 25 Jun 07 at 0931 hours, 2nd Watch Beat 1633 on-viewed what appeared to be a domestic-related argument on the street at 3211 N. Central. The Officer also saw that two (2) employees from the nearby Health Club appeared to intervene in the incident between the man and woman.

As the Officer approached, to investigate, the male subject took off running.  With the assistance of these "Good Samaritans", the Officer was able to arrest the male subject after a brief foot chase.

Further investigation revealed that this was not a "domestic incident" at all.  The male subject had, in fact, robbed the female-- who was a Blockbuster Manager enroute to a nearby bank with the store’s morning deposits.

The Offender was charged with armed robbery and $1,188.00 USC was returned to a grateful victim.

These two "Good Samaritans" will be awarded a 016th District “Citizen Award” .

Here's another example of how community involvement can help.

On 30 May 07 at 4809 W. Gunnison Street along a railroad embankment, two (2) young boys discovered a safe with the door removed. The boys immediately informed their mother who called     9-1-1. Further investigation revealed this safe was taken in an overnight commercial burglary at 4653 N. Milwaukee in the 016th District.

As the result of this recovery, valuable fingerprint and tool marking evidence was recovered. These kids noticed something unusual and told their mother--who did the right thing by calling the police.  Because of this, these two (2) boys will also be awarded a 016th District “Citizen Award.”

Good job by all involved.

17th District Officers Continue to Work for Safety of Neighborhood

These incidents are just a few among many which show the type of good police work that goes on everyday throughout the city.

Aggravated Assault

On 01JUN07 Officers MURRAY and LOPEZ responded to a call of aggravated assault at 3828 N. Bernard. Upon arrival they were able to arrest an OFFENDER attempting to run the VICTIM over with his car after a verbal altercation. Aggravated Assault HN380953 02JUN07 Officers IMPASTATO ands GARCIA responded to a call of a fight at 4119 W. Henderson and upon arrival VICTIM stated he was threatened by OFFENDER with a knife during a verbal altercation. The OFFENDER was apprehended without incident and charged accordingly.

Aggravated Battery

On 05JUN07 Officers AGUIRRE and TOLEDO responded to a call of assist the CFD Paramedics at 4000 N. Bernard. Upon their arrival they found the paramedics engaged in a battle with the OFFENDER who was intoxicated and injured. While rendering aid, the paramedics were attacked by the OFFENDER. The OFFENDER was subdued and transported to the hospital for treatment, followed by the District Station for Felony Charges.

Armed Robbery

Also on 05JUN07 Tactical Officers PARLICH and MEDLEY, on a "WOLF PACK" Mission in the 17th District Deployment Zone, observed an OFFENDER matching the description of an armed robbery. The OFFENDER was stopped and a protective pat down search revealed a look alike toy gun in his waistband. The OFFENDER was brought back for a showup and was positively identified by the VICTIM. Felony charges were placed against the OFFENDER.

Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking

On 18JUN07 Officers SHEPHERD and NIKOLAOU responded to a car jacking call at 3802 N. St. Louis. The VICTIM had been ordered out of his car at knifepoint and the OFFENDER made off with the vehicle. The Officers during their report inquired if a cell phone left in the car had GPS capability to which the VICTIM said it did. Assisted by Officers NAVEZ and MARLO, the report was completed and the cellphone provider contacted and written authorization was made. The Officers then enlisted the aide of Tac Team 1762 led by SGT. DANIELS, who coordinated an extensive search for the vehicle and the OFFENDER. Tact Team Officers PARLICH, MEDLEY, ASKAR, SHERLOCK, BERG and ROGUS were able to find the vehicle at Lincoln and Diversey and, after a short stakeout, were able to apprehend an OFFENDER who was later identified by the VICTIM and charged with Felony Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking.

As you can see, there's no shortage of knuckleheads out there.  We do our job.  We do it well.  Nice work to these officers.  Stay safe.

Monday, 02 July 2007

Car-Jacker Caught by Innovative Thinking

In JUNE Officers SHEPHERD and NIKOLAOU responded to a car-jacking call at 3802 N. St. Louis. The VICTIM had been ordered out of his car at knifepoint and the OFFENDER made off with the vehicle. Thinking quickly, the Officers while completing their report inquired if a cell phone that was left in the car had GPS capability.  The VICTIM said it did. Assisted by Officers NAVEZ and MARLO, the report was completed and the cellphone provider contacted and written authorization was requested and received to track the phone using the GPS (Global Positioning) signal.

The Officers then enlisted the aide of Tact Team 1762 led by SGT. DANIELS, who coordinated an extensive search for the vehicle and the OFFENDER. Tactical Team Officers PARLICH, MEDLEY, ASKAR, SHERLOCK, BERG and ROGUS were able to find the vehicle at Lincoln and Diversey and, after a short stakeout, were able to apprehend an OFFENDER who was later identified by the VICTIM and charged with Felony Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking.

This was simply an outstanding combination of quick-witted thinking, a good knowledge of technology and teamwork.  Great job to all.

Stay safe.

16th District Tact Seizes Drugs, Money

On 26 Jun 07 at 2150 hours, Tactical Team 1661 was assigned to a Level I – DOC Mission. While patrolling the the area in response to recent gang shootings, Tactical Officers observed several subjects near an open side garage door with an open SUV parked along side. As the Officers pass by, they attempt to conduct a brief field investigation. When the Officers approached, two (2) subjects who were outside near the vehicle, along with a 3rd person from inside the garage fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, all three (3) subjects were captured and returned to the scene.

Inside the garage, Tactical and Watch Officers observed a large amount of cannabis that was being packaged into individual one (1) pound plastic bags.

Further investigation resulted in: the recovery of nearly 100 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $670,288.00 dollars, the seizure of over $22,000.00 USC, and the impoundment of a vehicle.

The three (3) offenders were charged with "possession with intent to deliver" over 5,000 grams of cannabis.

These officers focused their efforts on a growing problem, paid attention to their environment and took time to investigate.  Because of their smart police work, 3 drug dealers and the garbage they sell were taken off the streets.

Nice job.  Stay safe.

Sunday, 01 July 2007

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 8 Jul. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Dept is looking for color guard, pipers & drummers. experience is necessary & instruction is free. Classes are starting now so us on Thursdays at the Education Training Division at 1930 hrs. For info call Det. J. Harmening at (773) 9779 or copsinkilts.com.

Friday, 29 June 2007

Professional Work Yields Positive Results

SALUTE Area 5 Detective Division salutes: Evidence Technician J. Klusmann On 11 Jan. 07 a Game Stop store was robbed by two offenders, one armed with a handgun. The offenders forced the victim to the back room, forced him to his knees and threatened to shoot him. The above E/T was able to lift one fingerprint from a game touched by one of the offenders. An AFIS hit was reported which led to the arrest of one offender who in turn gave up the other offender. Both offenders were arrested and charged accordingly. Thanks for a job well done.

Always Remembered

SPECIAL EVENT

All Department members are invited to attend a memorial ceremony in honor of 012 District Police Officer Brian Strouse who was killed in the line of duty in June 2001. The event will take place on 29 Jun. 07, 1700 hours at 1341W. 18th Pl. This brief ceremony recognizes Officer Strouse’s sacrifice made 6 years ago.

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Two Gang Related Homicides Quickly Cleared

On June 25th, at approximately 1800 hours, in two separate parts of the city, a 13 year old female victim and a 20 year old male victim both become homicide statistics. In both of these instances, Chicago Police officers had the offenders in custody within hours of the shootings.  There is no doubt that the Department does excellent work in arresting these gang bangers and clearing homicides.  It is unfortunate that truly innocent victims continue to become the carnage of this idiotic gang culture.

The 1st homicide was highly publicized because of the 13 year old victim.  She was playing in a school yard when rival gangs were flashing signs at each other.  Tony Serrano, 17 and Mwenda Murith, 26, pull out a gun and start shooting.  Both of these clowns are Imperial Gangsters.  The 26 year old orders the 17 year old to do the shooting.  Unfortunately for Schanna Gayden, 13, she died of a GSW to the head.  The excellent police work of Officers E. Pagan, C. Park, S. Mazur, H. Martinez and M. Hoyas from 14 Tact resulted in 1st Degree Murder charges against both offenders.

The 2nd homicide was not so highly publicized because it was on the East side and involved a 20 year not so innocent  gang member.  Dariel Webber, 17, was arrested after being identified by witnesses as the shooter of Guadalupe Ramirez, 20, a Latin Dragon.  Ramirez died of GSW to the chest.  The exact gang relationship of Webber is unclear at this time, but you know he is a banger.  Officers from 4 Tact quickly arrested Webber.  Again, the excellent police response of J. Luna, B Halloran, S. Spremo and R. Arroyo take this offender off of the street.  A second offender has be ID'd and paper work is in progress to bring him back to the State.

Nice work.  Stay Safe!

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Bike Team from Central Control Group Stop a Man from Jumping into the River

At 1810 hours, 26 Jun 07, Chicago Police Officers Robert Montelongo and Juan Salazar of the Central Control Group were on bike patrol in the vicinity of 401 N. Lake Shore when they observed an individual that fit the description of a wanted offender.  As the officers approached this subject he immediately started to run and began yelling "I want to die".  He then jumped off the bridge and the quick thinking Officer Montelongo, while still on his bike strapped to the pedals, was able to reach through the rails and catch the subject by his wrist.  Montelongo was able to hold on until Salazar came to assist.  Both officers maintained their grip on the subject as he attempted to pull away.  Two unkown citizens came to the aid of the officers and the four of them were able to pull the subject over the rail.  The depressed individual was transported to Northwestern for psychological evaluation.  Both officers sustained scrapes and bruises but will both be OK.

Quick thinking by alert police officers saved a man's life.  Good work.  Stay Safe!

Investigative Alerts Also Work

On 19 May 07, Charles Carpenter was gunned down at 2556 E 79th St. On 20 May 07, the detective division issued an Investigative Alert for Timothy Simmons as the person who shot and killed Charles Carpenter. 004th District personnel maintained a lookout for the wanted subject. On 23 Jun 07, their efforts paid off. Officers Spaargaren and Badus observed Timothy Simmons sitting on a porch at 8012 S Burnham. The officers along with the assistance of Tactical Officers Hodges and Otten attempted to take the suspect into custody. Upon  seeing the officers the suspect fled on foot. After a brief foot chase the subject was taken into custody. The offender was taken to Area 2 for further investigation and charging.

Good job guys.  Stay safe.

SPECIAL EVENT
On Saturday, 7 Jul. 07 Join us for an unforgettable evening full of family fun, inspiring role-models and thrilling basketball. We will honor the city’s heroes, police officers and firefighters throughout the game. We’ll also honor Officer RonaldHolt and Captain Annette Holt, parents of Blair Holt. Children of police officers and firefighters will have a chance to participate in the High Five Tunnel and Ball Exchange. A portion of every ticket will go toward the Blair Holt Scholarship fund. For more info contact Officer Dale Caridine Unit132 at (312) 745-5838 ex. 84645, just visit the Chicago Sky web-site.

www.chicagosky.net.

SPECIAL EVENT

All Department members are invited attend a memorial ceremony in honor of 012

th District Police Officer Brian Strouse who was killed in the line duty in June 2001. The event will take place on 29 Jun. 07, 1700 hours at 1341 W. 18th Pl. This brief ceremony recognizes Officer Strouse’s sacrifice made 6 years ago.

ARE YOU AWARE?

The Chicago Police Department, Chicago Park District and the Mayors Office will be hosting Hooked on Fishing for many of the city’s youth at parks  throughout the city. Hooked on Fishing is an opportunity for many of the city’s youth to experience fishing. The subsequent dates are as follows:

30 June Jackson Park Lagoon

14 July Montrose Harbor

21 July Columbus Park Lagoon

28 July Sherman Park Lagoon

4 Aug. Garfield Park

Any officers who desire to volunteer to assist in this effort please contact the CAPS Implementation Office at 312 747-9987.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

If it wasn't for bad luck, some offenders would have no luck at all

Off-duty 18th District officer Juan Cano was 1900 N. Kingsbury at 1140 hrs when he was approached by Dominick Vasquez, 27, who asked Cano if he wanted to buy a Russian Rifle and a Black Powder Pistol.  When Cano asked how much he was told $350 for the rifle and $200 for the pistol.  Cano told Vasquez he did not believe he had any guns.  Vasquez being the good salesmen he is proceeds to a vehicle where he has the driver Phillip Brady pop the trunk and low and behold there is a Romanian M 44, 7.62 caliber bolt action rifle and 16 inch Black Powder revolver.  Bad enough both guns are in the trunk, as Cano is examining the rifle he discovers a round in the chamber.  Cano, being the good cop that he is, tells Vasquez that he does not have that kind of money with him, but asks Vasquez for a pen and his phone number.  Vasquez did not have a pen so Cano volunteers to go get one.  When Cano leaves he immediately calls 18 Tact and Daniel Lombard and Timothy Westbrooks respond and take Vasquez into custody.  By the way, Vasquez also had two tin foil packs of heroin on his person.  Brady had sense enough not to wait for Cano to come back and fled in the vehicle.  A flash was immediately put out and the vehicle was stopped by 18th District Officers William Garcia and Brenna Scanlan with an assist from Officers Luis Molina and Ronald Gibbs of Special Operations.  One vehicle, two weapons, two bad guys in custody.  Not a bad days work for an off-duty police officer.  By the way, Brady was a city employee.  The Inspector Generals office was notified. 

Good work by all involved.  Stay safe!

Monday, 25 June 2007

Superintendent to Hold Honored Star Case Ceremony

SPECIAL EVENT

On Wednesday, 27 June 2007, at 0930 hours, the Superintendent will have an Honored Star Case  ceremony where the stars of the following officers will be retired:

Patrolman John J. Sacht

Patrolman Edwin E. Peppard

Police Officer James R. Scannell

Police Officer William S. Bodnar

Police Officer Thomas A. Wodarczyk

Sergeant John J. Collins

The ceremony will be held in the lobby of the Chicago Police Central Headquarters building, 3510 S. Michigan Avenue. Access into the building will be limited to the Michigan Avenue entrance. Exempt members attending the ceremony should be in seasonal dress uniform, wool hat, no band, short sleeve shirt and wool pants. All other officers are requested to wear the uniform of the day. For further information, contact the Special Activities Section at 745-5844 or Pax 0207.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

4th District Tact Team Follows Up on Alert, Arrests Robbery Offender

On 20 Jun 07, the Daily Bulletin listed Jeffery Dandridge as wanted for the Armed Robbery which occurred at 7901 S South Chicago. Members of Tactical Team 463, Darko & Lewis, ran the subject for possible  connections to the 004th District. The officers located an address within the district and found that the vehicle the offender may be driving was also registered in the 004th District. The officers relocated to that address and found the wanted offender walking in the area. The offender was placed under arrest and felony charges have been approved for Robbery: Armed with Firearm.

Bottom Line:  Good police work by conscientious officers yield another good arrest.

Job well done.  Stay safe.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Employee Resource Center - Up and Running on the Intranet

This valuable information resource is now up and running on the Department's Intra-net.  The Employee Resource Center offers information and links to assist personnel with a multitude of duty-related documents, professional associations, benefit information and support services, in one central location. 

The following services are available with the appropriate links to each:  Beneficiary Update, Chaplains Unit,  Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation,  Credit Union,  Deferred Compensation, Disability Information, Domestic Violence, Employee Resource Service Division, Finance, FOP Lodge #7, FOP Illinois State Lodge, Lieutenant's Association, Medical Service Section, Military Deployment, Officer Next Door Housing, Pension Board and Financial Planning, Police Survivors, Police Survivors National Association, Professional Counseling, Sergeant's Association, Special Activities, Tuition Reimbursement, Update Next of Kin Video, What My Family Should Know.

There is a lot of information available at this one stop location.  If you need any assistance or if you know of another police officer that can use any of the above mentioned help, please refer them to this I-Clear site on the Intra-net.  As the Superintendent points out, we are family members.  We must take care of each other.

Stay Safe!

Every Now and Then a "Hunch" Pays Off

On the 20th of June at 2220 hours, at 811 N. Clark street, a 37 year old male victim was using an ATM and removing the money when he was approached by a male offender demanding the money.  The victim refused and a struggle ensued.  The bad guy produces a box cutter and slashes the victim several times and takes off with the victims cell phone.  The victim sustained minor lacerations, was treated and released.  In the preliminary report the victim stated the offender resembled Samuel Jackson, the actor.  Following up with good police work, or a good hunch, Area #3 Detectives Thomas Boyce, Brian Finnegan, Brian Gibbons and Patrick Purdy and Sgt. Michael Ogliore went to the YMCA at 30 W. Chicago and asked the security guard if any of the residence in the building resembled  Samuel Jackson.  The guard immediately said yes and gave up Richard Mason, M/B/49.  The detectives then went to the 18th District and pulled up a prior arrest photo of Mason, put it into a photo-line up and presented it to the victim who immediately id'd Mason as the offender.  The detectives returned to the YMCA where Mason was arrested, placed into a physical line up and again positively identified as the offender of the robbery.

No doubt about it, the harder these guys work, the luckier they get.  Good investigative work takes another armed offender off the streets. 

Stay safe.

Community Alerts do work

On the 9th of June at 1500 hours, a 10-year old female was sexually abused by a male offender as she was walking on the 5100 block of South St. Louis.  The Special Investigations Unit Detectives Castaneda and Bellomy were assigned.  After an emergency VSI interview was conducted the detectives were able to formulate a composite of the offender and a Community Alert was issued.  Various investigative leads were reported including information that the offender was seen driving a white Ford Ranger with Texas plates.  On the 20th of June, 8th District Tactical Officers Hayman and Trost spotted a similar vehicle and through further investigation, located the owner.  The owner fit the description of the wanted offender from the Community Alert.  The owner was arrested and taken to 008.  A physical line up could not be conducted due to the age of the offender and the unavailability of finding 70 year old fill ins.  A photo line up was conducted and the victim and witnesses positively id'd the offender.Andres Torres, M/H/66 of 6151 N. Keeler was charged with  2 counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Good police work by a team of professionals takes a sexual predator off the streets.  Great work.  Stay safe.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Employment Opportunity

The Commander of Special Events acts  as a liaison to film production companies that hire sworn full-duty department members under the rank of Lieutenant who are allowed to work in uniform while off duty. Participants are considered atwill employees of the production companies.  The labor agreements between the city and department members do not govern employment by the production companies. Informational session about this program will be held in the multi-purpose room at headquarters on the following date and time: Saturday, 23 Jun. 07 at 1200 hours. This session will cover the same information, including pay rates, rules, and conditions of employment. Participants must pre register for this orientation session via CPD internet, click on CLEAR APPLICATIONS and log in.  Under the Bureaus heading, click on Office of the First Deputy Superintendent Administration. Under Special Events Registration/Movies ding, click onto Request for Event, under Movies, choose Orientation Informational Sessions from the drop down box and choose the session to attend. Special Events phone number is (312) 745-5257.

Hats off to 25th District Robbery/Public Violence Team

Chicago Police Officers from the 25th District's Robbery and Public Violence Team took two into custody after executing a search warrant at 1809 N. LeClaire.  The team executed a search warrant at the Northwest side home and netted more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of marijuana along with an AK-47 and a 22 caliber semi-auto hand gun.

On the morning of June 20th, at 1030 hours, when the warrant was executed, officer discovered Ramon Gomez in bed with a loaded AK-47 within reach under the mattress. along with the 22 caliber hand gun.  Felipe Cortez was found in the second bedroom with the stash of reefer.

Appropriate charges were filed against both individuals, the dope and more importantly the
AK-47 was taken off the street.  Good work by some heads up coppers.  Stay safe.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

002nd District Officers Arrest Offender in Double Homicide

On 04 Jun 07,  a double homicide occurred in the 002nd District at 4637 S. Prairie at 2246 hrs (DOC Area).  When R/O's responded to the scene, they observed victim #1 laying in the street face down and victim #2 laying on the sidewalk motionless. Both victims succumbed to their injuries at Northwestern Hospital. 
R/O's were able to recover a weapon in a dumpster, in the alley near the scene, that they suspected may have been used to commit the homicide.  Subsequently, an investigative alert was issued in regards to the incident. 
002nd District Officer Randall Lawrence continued to investigate this incident and was able to learn the name of the offender as well as the offender's place of employment.  Officer Lawrence related this information to the A1/ Detective Division and the 002nd District Gang Team 268. 
The 002nd District Gang Team 268 along with Officer Lawrence , Officer Gale, and Officer Walker learned the whereabouts of the offender and relocated to the 007th District, where they were able to apprehend the offender and take him into custody without incident. 
Thanks to these Officers' excellent investigative work a murderer was removed from the streets of Chicago!  Good job guys!!!
In Custody:  Hogan, Eric: Charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder
Gang:  Black Gangsters
Too often, lives are lost due to senseless gang violence.  We applaud these officers for continuing the fight against this foolishness.  Officers like this stand in the gap between criminals who don't care about the value of life, and those of us who simply work hard to enjoy life.
Stay safe.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

23rd District CAPS Keeps Connected to Neighborhood

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After the 2313 beat meeting, residents, streets and sanitation and the police walked the beat together to address crime, disorder and quality of life issues. 
This partnership resulted in several city service requests and the issuance of an ANOV citation. 
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The community policing office would like to thank the residents for their proactive approach to address these issues.
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Job well done!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Memorial Motorcycle Ride

SPECIAL EVENT

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 July 07.

To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs. The ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs.

For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

Quick Response Nabs Robbery Suspects, Earns Salute

Area One Detective Division Salutes the following 007th District Police Officers: P.O. A. Palermo, P.O. L. Solana, F.T.O. J. Ready, P.P.O. S. Toms, P.O. B. Reyes, P.O. N. Pocius,

On 04 Apr. 07, The Officers responded to a robbery in progress at 67th & Ashland. Upon arrival in the area, the Officers observed the two offenders in separate locations a few blocks from the crime scene matching the description. The offenders were placed into custody and a show up was conducted, whereupon, the victim positively identified both offenders as the subjects who robbed him.

Due to the officers attention to duty and rapid response to the scene of the crime, two dangerous offenders were taken off our city streets. Thanks for a job well done.

Friday, 15 June 2007

Superintendent's Retirement Party

There will be a retirement party on Friday, 03 August 2007 honoring the career of Superintendent Philip J. Cline.

The party will be held at :
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 E. Wacker Drive
Grand Ballroom, East Tower
6:00 to 10: 00 p.m.

For Tickets Contact:

P.O. Peggy Mizera
312-745-5912 or 312-735-9621

P.O. Irma Coutinho
312-745-5912 or 312-735-8619

Please Note:

The Hyatt Regency needs an attendee count by the last week of July so it is necessary that tickets be purchased before July 20, 2007.

Tickets will not be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Father's Day Celebration

A Fathers Day mass will be celebrated on Sunday 17 June 2007 at 1000 hours at the Chicago Police Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on. All police families are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic for afterward to enjoy the beautiful space dedicated to the Chicago Police Department.

Exit LSD at 18th St. and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. For further information (and in case of rain cancellation) contact Fr. Nagle at (312) 738-7588.

SWAT Team Brings Joy to Make-A-Wish Foundation Event

This letter was sent to CC by Nancy Elliot from the Make A Wish Foundation.  In June officers from the SWAT team attended an event sponsored by the Foundation.  The officers interacted with the children and helped to make the event a great success.   The complete text of her letter appears below.  We appreciate her words and thank the officers who participated.


"Thank you for contacting me. Our party was a smashing success, thanks to the help and participation of your wonderful policemen and SWAT team. They were kind enough to bring their gear and actually dressed the children in it. That made for great photo opportunities.

The smiles went from ear to ear, girls and boys alike.

In fact, one small girl was so inspired, she said she wanted to become a member of a SWAT team when she grows up. That's the type of comment we love to hear. Positive influences can go a long way with their disabilities. We had some worries prior to the party that the
children might be afraid, but were pleasantly surprised by the excitement your men generated. The children flocked to them as they circulated, answered questions, posed for pictures, and had one-on-one contact. I only wish the public could have seen the dedication and community service your force provided.

All too often, the media publicizes the negative and fails to report on the positive. These children were given a great opportunity and experienced personal contact with the Chicago Police Department and will hopefully carry those memories into adulthood. Thank you, Chicago Police.

You Are Wonderful!

Sincerely hoping to do this again in the future,

Nancy Elliott
Volunteer For Make A Wish"

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Thursday, 14 June 2007

12th District Mission Team Catches Copper Wire Thieves

The 12th District's Burglary/Theft Mission Team arrested two men who are charged with stealing copper wires from telephone poles and residences.  After completing numerous theft reports, 12th district officers and area detectives identified a pattern of thefts that involved cable wires containing copper.

The Team set up surveillance in the area and they see two offenders  cutting wires from a utility pole.  They arrest the offenders and recover knives and saws from the scene.

While this may not seem like a "big deal", consider this:

AT & T sent documentation showing how much it cost to repair the damage, replace wiring and restore service.  These knuckleheads who took the wires caused over $26,000 worth of damage and labor costs (including the actual value of the stolen wires).  This estimate doesn't even include the cost incurred due to the time customers had no service.

Think about that.  When this goes on unnoticed or unchecked, who ends up having to shell out more money in the end?  That's right you and me.  Those of us who go to work to pay our bills and take care of our families pay the price for these types of thefts.

This was simply a great job by the 12th District.  The beat officers did good preliminary investigative work and wrote good paper.  The Mission Team took the time to identify the pattern and to conduct good surveillance. . . and got good results.

To Sgt. Rybka and P.O.'s Gemskie, Martin and Mathews of the Mission Team, Job well done.

Stay safe.

Recruits Graduate Today at Navy Pier

A graduation ceremony will be held for Chicago Police Recruit Class 06-12 at the Navy Pier Sky Line Theatre on Thursday, 14 June 2007, at 9:30 am.

We welcome this class of 82 recruits and wish them well in their careers. 

Men and women of the Chicago Police Department, continue to rely on your training.   

Most of all, BE SAFE.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Celebrate Father's Day With Us

CHAPLAINS CORNER

A Fathers Day Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 Jun. 07, 1000 ours at the Chicago Police Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on. All police families are welcomed and encouraged to bring a picnic for afterward to enjoy the beautiful space dedicated to the Chicago Police Department. Exit LSD at 18th St. and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. For further information (and in case of rain cancellation) contact Fr. Nangle at (312) 738-7588.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Special Investigations Unit

The word "Special" does not even scrape the surface in describing how unique the men and women assigned to the Special Investigations Unit are.  These dedicated police officers have been doing this work long before any of the Law and Order TV programs were on the air.  They investigate sex crimes against children ages 0-12 when it is not family related and 0-17 when family members are involved.  The reaction of most of coppers after reading the previous post is predictable.  The well trained investigators from SIU have taken the challenge of following a much different approach.  They are able to investigate the crime but in the vast majority of the cases they get a written statement from the offender.  Sexual abuse cases that involve babies and children who are the victims of incest require very special investigative techniques.  The Chicago Police Department working with DCFS and the State Attorneys office at the Children's Advocacy Center have really set the standard for these types of investigations.  The center opened in August of 2001.  When a child is interviewed about the abuse that has taken place, every effort to minimize the trauma is taken.  A certified forensic interviewer will talk to the child as a detective from SIU takes notes, a Assistant State Attorney is there as well as DCFS, all observing from another location. 

This is just a small segment of the police department that operates very effectively and quietly on a daily basis.  They investigate crimes that the average person does not even want to think about let alone realize these horrendous acts do in fact take place in our city.  Every day police officers go above and beyond what is expected of them trying to protect the people of Chicago.  More often than not this will go un-noticed by the major media as this is not  deemed "news worthy".  No police officer worth their salt needs media recognition to know they are doing a professional job that most people want no part of.  The Chicago Police Department's motto is "We Serve and Protect".  In our hearts, we all know that the most innocent in our society, the children, need the most protection. 

The men and women of the Special Investigations Unit are a special breed.  Thanks for the work you do every day and thanks for watching out for the babies.   

Heads Up Policing Takes a Sexual Predator Off the Street

Beat 822 was responding to a call at 2252 hrs on 10 June 07 when they observed something really out of the ordinary at 2917 W. 63rd.  A 12 year old male was laying on a couch in the alley and had his pants pulled down.  A 43 year old man, Manuel Flores, 3121 W. 71st Street,  was on top of the boy with his pants down sexually assaulting him.  Officers C. Honkisz and E.Clark took the offender into custody.  The offender stated he gave the boy money for sex.  The victim was taken to the hospital, the offender taken to Area #1 where Special Investigations Unit Detectives J. Vogel and M. DeLaTorre obtained written statements from the offender and had charges of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child approved.  There was a second mope at the scene watching what was taking place.  Unfortunately there was no basis to charge him with a crime at that point, but he did have an outstanding DUI warrant-- so he is also in jail.  He is Nicholas Diaz, 34, of 4827 S. Seeley. 

This is a classic example of what the police see and do on a daily basis.  Two dogs are removed from an alley and taken to a kennel where they belong.  Great work by the Beat Cops and the Special Investigations Unit. 

 

Re-Review of a 2002 Murder leads to charges

On the 14th of November, 2002, Jessie Miller, 24, of 8412 S. Oglesby was found dead in his home.  The investigation at that time revealed the victim and his father LeRoy Alexander, 53, argued over a family related embezzlement scheme.  The post revealed the victim sustained a puncture to the head via the nasal cavity to the brain and it was ruled a homicide.  These facts and available evidence was presented to the Cook County State Attorney's Office and charges were rejected .  At that point the case was then Ex-Cleared/Closed - Bar to Prosecution. 

It is truly amazing that when a case is re-reviewed by the State Attorney's Office, after the Civil case is heard, strange events start to take place.    On June 7, 2007, Area 2 Detectives were contacted and told to re-arrest LeRoy Alexander and this time charges for murder were approved. 

Now maybe the victim can really rest in peace.

Monday, 11 June 2007

Officer Risks Life. . . Saves Woman from Drowning

At about 2230 hrs on 09 June, Bike Unit officers were on patrol in the 021st District in the area of 31st and Lake Shore Drive.  The officers were flagged down by a citizen who stated he saw a woman standing near the water talking on her phone. . . and then he heard a splash.

Officer Carl Carter of Bt. 2106C, an 11 yr. veteran on the job, searched the area for the victim, located her and jumped into the waters at the 31st  Street Beach to save her.  Officer Carter was able to safely return the woman to the shore, where she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A police officer SAVES a life. . . nary a word is mentioned about it.

We commend this officer for risking his own safety to save this young woman.  I asked him why he went in the water, instead of waiting for the Fire Department.  He said, "I saw that this woman was drowning before my eyes. . . I couldn't let that happen.  I had to do something."

I'm sure this officer would say that he was "just doing his job".  We appreciate his effort, dedication and bravery.

Job well done to all the units who responded and to the citizen who took the time to alert the police.

Come Celebrate Father's Day Mass in Memorial Park

Father's Day Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 17 June, 1000 hours in our own park just east of Soldier Field: the Chicago Police Memorial/Gold Star Families Park. Bring a lawn chair to sit on.Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day afterward in a beautiful space dedicated to the CPD. All police families are warmly welcomed.

Exit LSD at 18th Street and be directed to free parking at the Waldron Deck. 

Further info (and in case of rain cancellation info) : Fr. Nangle 312-738-7588.

Friday, 08 June 2007

Good Policing Clears Two Gang Related Homicides

On 04 June 07, Enrique Chavez (14 yrs old) was the victim of a homicide in the 4900 block of S. Racine.  Area 1 Detectives arrived on scene, and with the assistance of responding officers, conducted an investigation that yielded information on the offenders.

With the help of witnesses and through good investigative techniques, detectives arrested and charged GUTIERREZ, Jose (17) with 1st Degree Murder and Felony Obstruction of Justice. Another offender, MCSWAIN, Darius (19), was also arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery.

These arrests and charges were finalized TWO DAYS after the incident.

Area 1 detectives also made an arrest for a second Homicide that also occurred on 04 June 07.  Dearl Mitchell (17) was shot and killed on the 7200 block of Morgan.  In another example of real, bare-boned investigative work, detectives were able to develop information that led to the arrest and charging of an offender in this crime as well.

17 year old BLAND, Kendale was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. 

In both cases of senseless gang violence the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, responding as the professionals they are, find, arrest and charges the offenders.  A few more predators have been removed from the streets of Chicago.  Please know that your work and efforts are appreciated. 

Thanks for a job well done!

Stay safe.

Heads Up Police Work

Area 1 Detective Division Salutes 8th District Officers:

P.O's. S. Celani,  K. Ryan

On 12 May 07, the officers responded escort an elderly citizen to her home. The officers noted a broken basement window. The officers conducted a check of the premises and located an individual hiding in a bathroom. A custodial search revealed this person to be possession of property of the victim. The offender was placed into custody and charged with Residential Burglary.  Thanks to the immediate response and dedication to duty, a career criminal was removed from the streets.

Thanks for job well done.

Thursday, 07 June 2007

Golf Outing to Support Solorio Scholarship Fund

SPECIAL EVENT

The 14th District Golf Outing will be held in conjunction with Loyola University and in support of the Eric Solorio Scholarship Fund on 23 Jul. 07 at Silver Lakes Country Club. For information on attending or making a contribution, contact Yvette or Jessica in the 14th District at (312) 742-3728.

Tuesday, 05 June 2007

23rd District Crossing Guards Honored

Appreciationcrossingguard_23_1 The 023rd district along with the Kenwood of Lakeview a senior living center honored the 023rd district crossing guards for their exemplary service.  Volunteers from the Kenwood of Lakeview provided food and a great time for the crossing guards. 
The Volunteers were led by Erica Cohen who all were presented certificates of appreciation for their continued support of the police and crossing guards.
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Congrats!  Good to see the community getting involved.

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 10 & 24 Jun. 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nagle at (312) 738-7588.

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Soccer Team has played against other departments nationally, including the St. Louis P.D. & the Chicago Fire Department and practices regularly at the Academy and other locations. The team also supports the Chicago Police Memorial. For further information, or if you are interested in playing, contact P.O. Bob Kellum, 10th District, or Cmdr. Elais Voulgaris, Unit 253, or visit the website, www.cpdsoccer.com.

Monday, 04 June 2007

23rd District Residents Celebrate Their Officers

On May 18, 2007, residents of the 023rd district honored the police officers assigned to their community during "Officer Appreciation Day."  The theme for the event was how police officers are like superheroes. The community organized the entire event, which included great food. Every officer was given a token of appreciation---reaffirming that the community does indeed value them.

2007policeappreciationcrossinggua_3 Irma Perres, assigned to Unit 135 and the 023rd district, received two honorable mentions from the 023rd District. Irma Perres assisted the community on several occasions, donating her personal time and talent to in coordinate the event. Her time and talent directly impacted the 023rd District by providing the Police Department with positive media coverage and by boosting morale. She was also honored for her work on a fair which drew over 150 community members.  The event offered services provided by outside health agencies, educated the community on crime prevention programs and techniques and created a community awareness of various services available to community members. 

2007policeappreciation3 Officer Ralph Thompson was honored by the business community and awarded a plaque for his efforts in crime prevention. 

2007policeappreciationcrossinggua_4 Marsha Bukala, a citizen, was presented a plaque for several years of committed service as a beat facilitator for beat 2322. 

Commander Yamashiroya deputized 023rd district preschoolers with the help of P.O. Jose Rios and P.O. Judy Jenkins. 

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The Commander pinned junior police stars on his "new force".  The preschoolers were given a tour of the station by P.O. Rios where they were educated on police tradition and crime prevention.

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Click the link below to read an article about the day's events, authored by Patrick Butler:

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/booster1/news/396548,b1-officers-052307-sl.article

Special Event Reminders. . . .

ARE YOU AWARE?

The 14th District Golf Outing will be held in conjunction with Loyola University and in support of the Eric Solorio Scholarship Fund on 23 Jul. 07 at Silver Lakes Country Club. For information on attending or making a contribution, contact Yvette or Jessica in the 14th District at (312) 742-3728.

ARE YOU AWARE?

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 Jul. 07. To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride  registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs, the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs. For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

Memorial License Plates Available

Forensic Services Section in conjunction with the Illinois Secretary of State will be issuing Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Special Event License Plates.  These plates can be displayed on your vehicle from 14 July through 11 September 2007.  Go to www.cpdmemorial.org for details.  Registration deadline is 8 June 2007.

Friday, 01 June 2007

16th District Works with Community to Fight Crime

Submitted to CC by Com. Ralph Price of the 16th District.

Community Gets Involved--Takes on Graffiti, Gangs

In support of the 016th District’s Strategic Operation Plan to encourage residents to call police when observing suspicious activities,  in April of this year,  at 2315 hours, 016th District 3rd Watch Officers responded to a call of suspicious teens in the alley at 4400 block of  N. Monitor.  There, responding Officers observed  four (4) youthful appearing males in violation of the curfew law exiting the alley. 

When stopped, one (1) of the teens had a can of blue spray paint in his possession.  Further investigation revealed three (3) nearby garages with “fresh” blue painted gang graffiti on them.  When confronted, all four (4) teens confessed to their role in the  criminal defacement.  All four (4) youths ranging in age from 12 to 16 were placed under arrest and charged with criminal damage to property and curfew violations.

Commercial Burglary Arrests 

On Monday, 14 May 07 at 0100 hours 3rd Watch 1699, 1690 and watch Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person running down the street from Higgins and Milwaukee Avenues with a car radio in hand in. When the subject was approached by responding police, he fled from the officers into a residence at 55XX W. Higgins.  Inside, Officers observed two (2) additional Offenders using cutting tools to forcibly open a safe.  Further investigation revealed these three (3) individuals had just burglarized a restaurant at 43XX N. Milwaukee and removed the safe, the business’ laptop and the video surveillance system from inside.  All three (3) Offenders were charged with commercial burglary and approximately $11.000.00 USC was recovered.

Video Enhancement Captured Image Arrest

In support of the 016th District’s Strategic Operational Plan (S.O.P.) which addresses burglary and vehicle related crimes, a past strategy was developed for enhancement of images caught on video surveillance security systems to assist in the identification and possible arrests of the wanted offender(s). In March of this year, at 0230 hours, a business video surveillance system captured the image of two (2)subjects burglarizing their establishment.  Utilizing the 016th District Video Enhancement Unit, these images were enhanced and distributed to all personnel.  Seeing these images,  Tactical Team 1661 Officers recognized one of the Offender’s from a past arrest.  On 30 Apr 07, when the known offender was confronted with his captured image, he freely admitted his role in the burglary and identified his co-offender.  Subsequently, both Offenders were arrested and charged with commercial burglary.

We commend these officers for their attention to duty and investigative work. Job well done. Stay safe.   

Poem Honors All Who Serve

CC read this poem on the Officer Down Memorial Page.  To all officers everywhere who serve with honor, professionalism and compassion, we salute you.

"When the hours seem long and the going, rough
When the pay seems small and the criminals, tough
Just square your shoulders and call their bluff
Let them be the ones to cry, "Enough!"

You're a Policeman.

When the public scoffs and the papers rave
And blame you alone for a new crime wave
They'll change quick enough when there's lives to save
For deep in their hearts they count you brave

You're a Policeman.

When you bid your loved ones goodbye each day
Don't be too sure you've the harder way
You shoot it out with the crook at bay
They're the ones who sit a home and pray

You're a Policeman.

When you get back home dog tired at night
And wonder if life's really worth the fight
Your cares will vanish and burdens seem light
If you've done your best and your conscience's right

You're a Policeman.

When promotion comes, as it surely will,
If you do your job and dare loyal still
Don't soon forget in your new found thrill
Those others who are plodding up the hill

You're a Policeman.

When you leave at last this worldly din
And seek, like mortals, Paradise to win
Saint Peter, I trust, will o'erlook ev'ry sin
And say, "Well done,  come right on in."

You're a Policeman.

Submitted to the ODMP page by:  Patty from Spartanburg, SC
mother-in-law of a sheriff's deputy

Reprinted with permission.

For more info on the Officer Down Memorial page, visit www.odmp.org

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Haymarket Statue Rededication Ceremony at Police Headquarters

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(Photo Courtesy of CPD Graphics Dept)

(re-post from 29 May)

The Haymarket Memorial Statue honors the Chicago Police members who lost their lives and were seriously injured on that fateful day, 121 years ago, May 4th, 1886.  Eight officers were fatally wounded and scores of others were injured, marking the most devastating day in the history of the Chicago Police Department.  On June 1st, 2007 at 1400 hours, all department members and their extended families are invited to police headquarters for the re-dedication and unveiling of the refurbished Haymarket Memorial which will be proudly placed atop a newly commissioned pedestal. 

The event will celebrate the relocation of the statue from the atrium of the Education and Training Academy to its new home on the west side of the the Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan. 

On May 30th, 1889, the Haymarket Statue was unveiled by Frank Degan, the son of Officer Mathias Degan, the first Officer to lose his life during the conflict.  At this ceremony, we are proud to announce that the great granddaughter of Officer Mathias Degan, Geraldine Docekal, and her sons Edward and Dale Docekal, will unveil the refurbished statue and pedestal. 

We hope you can join us for this historic event.

One Child's Dream/Driving for Donors Needs Your Support

(Previously Posted 24 May)

Patrick Pedraja, the 11 year old son of a Miami Dade Police Officer is battling Leukemia.  Patrick started an organization called "One Child's Dream/Driving for Donors." 

The goal of this organization is to seek bone marrow donors for those suffering from the effects of Leukemia.  Patrick, his family and the Driving for Donors organization will be at the Education and Training Division on Friday, 01 Jun 2007, from 1000 to 1700 hours, in Room 101x, to conduct a donor drive for this worthy cause.

Department members are encouraged to come to the Education and Training Division during this time to support this very important cause and participate in the One Child's Dream/Driving for Donors effort. 

Inquiries can be directed to Lt. Ron Pontecore, Commanding Officer of the Recruit Training Section, at Citynet 6-8310, ext. 160 or 312-746-8310 ext. 160.

Please support this cause.

Hi-Tech CPIC Room Up and Running

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Chicago Police Department has just implemented the Crime Prevention and Information Center, located in the Headquarters Building. The CPIC is a cutting edge technology center which merges with all of the Departments electronic information sources to manage major accidents as they occur. This information is then passed along to Detectives in the field to assist in investigations. There are several openings, on all three watches for Detectives who wish to work the CPIC, and training is available in the various systems which are used in the CPIC.

Those Detectives who are interested should contact Lt. Jim Gibson, Detective Division Headquarters, at 745-5822.

Queen of Martyrs Church Set to Dedicate Shrine

Queen of Martyrs Church, 10233 S. Central Park Ave., has broken ground on an outdoor shrine to the Patron Saint of Police Officers.  This Shrine will be dedicated by Cardinal George on 3 June 2007, at 1130 hours.  The dedication will read in part "All of the Police, Fire and Military personnel who serve, protect  and defend God's Beloved People."  This shrine will have an eternal flame burning as a constant reminder of their service.  For additional information contact Father David Simonetti at (708) 423-8110.  All are welcome to attend the dedication mass.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Recruit Class 06-11 Set to Graduate

A graduation ceremony will be held for Chicago Police Recruit Class 06-11 at the Navy Pier Sky Line Theatre on Thursday, 31 May 2007, at 9am.

This current class of 83 recruits (74%  Male,  26% Female) will begin their "on the street" careers and we wish them well! 

Remember your training, enjoy the job and BE SAFE.

The public is welcome to attend.

15th District Successes

Attempt Suicide Incident:

Involved Officers: These officers were nominated for a Lifesaving Award  

GEORGE, P., HOFFMAN, K. , ROEHL, P. , COLON, W., PAOLINO, P.

On 02 May 07 at 1100 hours, Officer George observed several small children standing outside of a residence in the 4900 block of Huron, crying hysterically. Upon further investigation, Officer George learned from the children that the mother was inside the home, trying to kill herself. Officer George proceeded to the front door of the home but was unable to gain entry. P.O. Colon observed a window that was partially ajar and P.O. Colon was able to crawl through the window to gain entry. Once inside, P.O. Colon smelled a strong odor of materials burning. Upon inspecting the kitchen, P.O. Colon observed the mother of the children standing over the stove, throwing several flammable items on the stove, and stating that she wanted to die. With the assistance of Police Officers George, Hoffman, Roehl, and Paolino, P.O. Colon was able to remove the distraught mother from the home and extinguish the fire without injury to the mother or children. It was later learned that the mother was 2 months pregnant and suffering from depression due to marital discord. The mother of the children was relocated to Loretto Hospital for medical evaluation. Due to these officer's quick actions and disregard for their personal safety, a mother and her unborn child were saved from harm.

Agg Battery Arrest:

Involved Officers:

ROBERTSON JR H. , GREGERSON N., BINETTI N., WARNER JR J., FRIGO T., TOPCZEWSKI, B., and BABICH, P. 

On 7 May 07 a shooting incident was on-viewed by Bt 6250E who was conducting a narcotics surveillance. The victim was sitting in his car when a white van containing multiple offenders pulled up and fired several shots at victim, striking him in the face.  A pursuit ensued, during which 2 offenders were captured by 15th District units. One offender was successfully charged with Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

Burglary Arrest:

Involved Officers:

F.T.O. Killmer

P.P.O. Wherfel

On 16MAY07 at 0720hours, F.T.O. Killmer and P.P.O. Wherfel responded to an OEMC assignment of "Theft from the vehicle just occurred", at 5151 West Madison Street. Officers Killmer and Wherfel responded immediately and upon arrival, quickly and skillfully interviewed the victim, who identified the offender. The offender was taken into custody, Mirandized and searched. Proceeds of the theft were recovered during the search and returned to the rightful owner. Officers Killmer and Wherfel followed up with the investigation and felony charges of Burglary were approved by the ASA. FTO Killmer and PPO Wherfel (who was working his first day on the street) are to be commended for their immediate response to a citizen's request for police service and the immediate arrest of the offender.

UUW / Theft Arrest:

Involved Officers:

WYROBA, A. , BARTUCCI, C. , BERTRAND, J., JACOBUCCI, J.,   and AYLWARD, P.

In late April 2007, Beat 1531, P.O. Wyroba and P.O. Bartucci responded to a call of battery in progress on the 500 block of North Pine. Upon arrival, P.O. Wyroba and P.O. Bartucci observed offender place a handgun in the wheel well of a white SUV parked at 541 N. Pine. P.O. Bartucci immediately went to wheel well and recovered a loaded semi-automatic 9mm handgun. P.O. Wyroba went to place offender in custody when offender fled on foot Northbound on Pine. P.O. Wyroba sent flash message and pursued offender. P.O. Wyroba, with the assist of Beat 1511, P.O. Bertrand and P.O. Jacobucci , was able to place offender in custody. With Beat 1510, Sgt. Aylward , assisting, it was revealed that offender had taken said handgun from an armed security guard who was the victim of the original Battery call. Further investigation also revealed that said offender was paroled from the IDOC one month earlier for murder. Offender was charged with UUW by felon, felony theft and parole violation.

Good job to all officers involved in these incidents.  Although it can get busy and quite hectic out there, you are to be commended for answering your calls in a professional manner.  Good preliminary response and investigation often yield good results.

Remember your training and, above all, BE SAFE.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

New Weapons Order

There have been several questions regarding the department's new weapons order.  It is almost a finished product, with a few areas that need some additional tweaking.  As soon as we get the nod the information will be posted on the blog.  It should be in the near future.

017 District Tact Teams on a Roll in May

Submitted to CC by Lt. Joseph Porebski, 17th Dist. Tactical Team.

These are just a few of the recent examples of the good work done in the 17th District.

Strong Arm Robbery      

Officers BOSCH and McGUIRE responded to a call of a fight in the alley at 2932 W. Montrose. Upon arrival they interrupted three OFFENDERs attempting to rob a VICTIM already knocked down to the ground. The three OFFENDERs were apprehended and charged with Robbery.

Aggravted Battery (w/cane)       

Tact Officers VO and GOMEZ responded to assist units at at a battery call at 3215 W. Eastwood. The officers monitored a flash message and searched the area. They were able to locate two OFFENDERs one carrying a cane. They were brought back to the scene and identified by the VICTIM. The two OFFENDERs, members of the Latin Kings street gang were charged with the battery.

Armed Robbery (w/knife)            

Robbery/Burglary Mission Team Officers MARKHAM and RICE re-interviewed a VICTIM on an armed robbery incident from 19 MAY 07. Based upon the description given by the VICTIM, and the knowledge of OFFENDERs within the District, a photo array was presented in which the VICTIM identified the OFFENDER who stole $350 dollars at knife point from him. An arrest was made and lineup held. Felony Charges were approved and the crime cleared.

Weapons Violations                  

Tact Officers PFEST, BERG, RUIZ, ROGUS, SALVAGE, HERNANDEZ responded to a call of a gang fight with shots fired at 4829 N. Central Park in the Level 1 Deployment Zone. While searching the area the officers observed a man hiding in a rear porch area behind a window. Closer inspection found the man to be armed with a handgun. A foot chase ensued through the building and in the surrounding area. The officers were able to apprehend the OFFENDER, a known Spanish Cobra street gang member, with a loaded 9mm handgun. Charges for UUW by Felon were later approved.

Tac Officers BERG, VALENTINE and PARLICH observed a juvenile riding a bike at 3652 W. Lawrence Ave. carrying a handgun. The Officers were able to stop the bike rider but he pulled loose and fled. A foot chase ensued and the OFFENDER was captured a short time later. With the assistance of a citizen, Ofc. McGUIRE was able to locate the hidden handgun and the juvenile, a self admitted Spanish Cobra was processed according for UUW.

While on a vehicle stop at 3855 N. Kimball, Ofc. STOPPA and MARTINEZ observed the driver to be acting nervous and trying to hide an object under his seat. The Officers then observed the object to be a handgun and the OFFENDER was ordered out of his vehicle. The OFFENDER, a known Simon City Royal street gang member was found to be in possession of a 45 caliber semiauto handgun. He was later charged with UUW by felon.

Each of these examples show the result of simply doing your job. . . well. 

Congrats to 017 and its officers.  Stay safe.                  

3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation.  This event will take place on Sunday, 29 July 2007.  To register on-line, please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com.  For day of ride registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hours; the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hours.  For more information, please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

Award of Merit Ceremony to be Held in May

The Superintendent's Award of Merit Ceremony and Luncheon will be held today, Tuesday, 29 May 2007, at 1030 hours at the South Shore Cultural Center, located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive. 

At this event, 44 sworn officers and civilian employees will be honored by the Superintendent for the following: development of a versatile computer interface that provides an extraordinary  number of services to department members; development of a professional manual for the Department's Honor Guard; re-establishment of the Cadet program for the Department; implementing a street corner conspiracy in CHA; a police sergeant checking out a suspicious vehicle hears a victim inside the trunk of the vehicle takes two offenders into custody and officers that developed a data base for the Organized Crime Division.

On the day of the ceremony it is mandatory that all awardees only (not guests) report to the Commander of Preventive Programs and Neighborhood Relations Division in the Paul Robeson Theater at South Shore Cultural Center for uniform inspection and a briefing prior to the ceremony at 930 hours.

Officers are required to wear the dress uniform, which consists of blouse, wool trousers, wool hat (no band) and white gloves.  Civilian employees and sworn officers who are on Leave of Absence will report in conservative business attire.  Parking available in the Northwest lot of the center.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Participate in the Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Torch Run for Special Olympics will be on Sunday, 03 June at 0800 hours.  District and Unit runners will meet at the headquarters parking lot at 3510 S. Michigan Ave.  The three-mile run will conclude at Gold Star Family Park.  Department vehicles from districts will escort during the run and return their runner to their respective district or unit.  Contact Officer Manuel Brown in Preventive Programs for information or to register.  Call (312) 745-5841 or Pax 0362

Remember. . . Today and Always

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We celebrate Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives in service to this country.  We also honor those who currently serve this country, at home and abroad, to protect the freedom that we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.  Let's continue to remember their sacrifice and to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

We thank them for their courage and dedication and recognize that without them, our lives would be quite different.

We also thank those who serve right here in this city:  Firefighters, Paramedics and Police Officers.  As first responders, they willingly place themselves in harm's way to serve, protect and secure the safety of the citizens of Chicago.

Happy Memorial Day!  Stay safe.

Friday, 25 May 2007

BE SAFE THIS HOLIDAY

Chicago Police, the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs (IAPC) and the Cook County Sheriff's Police reminded all motorists, community residents and visitors to act responsibly and take the necessary precautions to help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and summer.

We also want to remind our officers to be extra careful during your tours of duty.  We understand clearly the additional hazards out there that come with the holiday season. 

So, stay alert and be safe.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

4TH DISTRICT BOWLING EXTRAVAGANZA!!

WHEN:  Saturday, June 30, 2007

            8:00-11:00 pm

WHERE:  Skyway Lanes, 9915 S. Torrence Ave.

FUN--COMPETITION--MUSIC--PRIZES--GAMES!!!

Game One:  Regulation Bowling

Game Two:  Fun-injected Bowling

Game Three: Candlelight Bowling

***Sign up now, space is limited.

***Teams welcome on first come basis.

For more info, contact any of the representatives listed below at 312-747-8205 or 2042 on the PAX:

Lt. Cassandra Judon--CAPS

Sgt. Dwayne Betts--2nd Watch

P.O. Lisa Holmes--2nd Watch

P.O. Patrina Mitchum--CAPS

P.O. Keshia Frierson--Front Office

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Offender Charged in Shooting of Area 1 Detective

On Tuesday, 13 May we posted that an Area 1 Detective had been shot in the back by an offender.  Immediately after the shooting the house where the suspected offenders ran into was secured by the CPD and a search warrant was obtained.  When the warrant was executed several persons of interest were taken into custody and two weapons were recovered.

On 16 May 2007, Bobby Selvie (pictured below) was charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer for the shooting of that Detective and Richard Butler, 19, was charged with UUW by a Felon.

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Thanks to the tenacious dedication and professionalism of the officers and detectives involved in the follow up investigation of this shooting, two offenders have been charged accordingly. 

In the past two weeks we have had five incidents that involved attacks on police officers by armed offenders.  In four of the five incidents the offenders have been taken into custody and charged without police officers being injured.  In one incident the detective was shot in the back as he was chasing another offender.  The detective is on his way to recovery and the offender is on his way to jail.

Last night a police officer in Wisconsin was shot and killed during a traffic stop.  The offender has been taken into custody and the investigation is continuing. 

Being the police is a dangerous job.  When we first signed on we all were aware of the ever present dangers that exist.  Every call, every stop, every contact that is made on a street stop has the potential of being deadly.  Stick to your instincts and training.  Stay focused and aware of the potential dangers in every stop until you personally know the situation is safe and secure.

Continue to do your jobs professionally, and SAFELY.  Always remember those who could not walk away from their attacks.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Construction of Shrine to Honor Patron Saint of Police Officers Has Begun

Queen of Martyrs Church, 10233 S. Central Park Ave., has broken ground on an outdoor shrine to S. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of Police Officers.  This Shrine will be dedicated by Cardinal George on 3 June 2007, 1130 hours.  The dedication will read in part, "All of the Police, Fire and Military personnel who serve, protect and defend God's Beloved People". 

This shrine will have an eternal flame burning as a constant reminder of their service. 

For additional information, contact Father David Simonetti at (708) 423-8110.  All are welcome at the dedication mass.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

004th District Keeps Rolling

2ND Watch Officers Apprehend Convicted Felon on a one-man burglary spree

A "Burglary in Progress" call was dispatched on the Zone. Officer Adams arrived on the scene and located the victim and witnesses. Officer Adams gave a flash message of the wanted vehicle (a maroon 4 door Pontiac Grand Am bearing Illinois license plates) along with a detailed description of the Offender and his clothing.

Offender and vehicle was known at this time to be wanted for multiple burglaries in the area.

Officer Ryan (beat 423) was patrolling the alleys south of the burglary location attempting to locate the wanted vehicle and offender. Using his first-hand knowledge of the vehicle and described offender with regard to the recent burglaries in the area, Officer Ryan focused on the area around 89th and Exchange.

Ryan observed the wanted vehicle and offender driving recklessly squealing his tires out of the west alley of the 8500 block of Colfax and pulling into a backyard on the 8600 block of S. Colfax.

Ryan observed the offender in the backyard wearing the blue jersey with the white lettered 13 on the back., as described in the the flash, and called for assistance.

As the Offender ran from the back yard into the rear door of the residence, Beat 406A (PO's Almanza and Desmond) arrived on the scene. Beat 431 (Officers Morales and Sandoval) also arrived on the scene to and the units located the offender hiding in the closet of the rear bedroom. Although the  Offender resisted his arrest, the officers were able to take him into custody.

Further investigation at the scene found the maroon Pontiac operated by the offender to have been taken during an armed robbery on 08May2007.  In addition, this offender was subsequently linked to multiple offenses under multiple RD numbers.

Arrested- Cooper, William M/1/25 of 8600 block of  S Colfax

                Gang Member and Convicted Felon

Plain and simple--this was good police work done by officers who (1) Knew the area; (2) Paid attention to crime patterns in the District ; (3) Responded quickly and conducted a thorough investigation and (4) BACKED EACH OTHER UP!!

Job well done. Stay safe.

015th District. . . Busy As Usual

These incidents were submitted to us by the 015th District Commander's Office. 

Armed Robbery Arrest:

Involved Officers:

Bt. 1565

STACK T.   1565

CONWAY D. 1565

1568 Team

ANDERSON M. 1568C

DEADY K. 1568C

LALLY J. 1568C

TROUTMAN J. 1568A

DELCID R. 1568A

MASON T. 1568

MCDONOUGH M.  1568D

JOHNSON M.   1568D

In April, a Game Stop electronics store in the 25th District was robbed at gunpoint. 25th District Officers relayed a flash message with a description of the wanted vehicle, which fled southbound into the 15th District. The above officers responded to the flash message, and spotted the matching vehicle, taking the offender into custody without incident. The offender was positively identified by victim, and all robbery proceeds were recovered.

Armed Robbery Arrest:

Involved Officers:

BARTUCH J. 1561B

COSTANZO B. 1561B

The above officers located and arrested 2 offenders who were wanted for beating and robbing a victim at gunpoint, taking $900. The offenders were positively identified by the victim.

 

Aggravated Battery-3 Victims Shot: 

Involved Officers:

DIFRANCO S.   1569A

HUERTAS C.   1569A

DUGGAN T.   1569A

O’ CONNOR M.  1562

On 20 APR 07, 3 victims were shot by an offender who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol. On 25 APR 07, the above officers located a possible offender GRANT, Antoine, and took him into custody without incident. Their further investigation led them to the recovery of 2 guns and a quantity of narcotics. The investigation is on-going.

Armed Robbery Arrest:

Involved Officers:

CONWAY D.    1565E

STACK T.   1565E

KROSKI Donald  1565

The above officers located and arrested an offender who was positively identified in a photospread line up as the offender who robbed a restaurant at 200 block of  S. Cicero on 24 JUL 06 while armed with a handgun, based upon an Investigative Alert.  Further investigation revealed another Investigative Alert, in which above subject was identified in a photospread as the offender who exited a gas station without paying for 3 quarts of oil.

In each case, these officers did the "routine" thing:  answered the call, got information and followed up on the info.  The reason that these are signs of good police work is that they did EXACTLY what they were supposed to do . . . and got the pinches.  Good results for good police work.  Stay safe.

23rd District Hosts Seniors at Cubs Game

Commissioner Mike Quigley donated Cubs tickets to the 023rd district senior citizen subcommittee. Although the cubs lost, the seniors thought the outing was a winner!  Prior to the outing, a public safety briefing was provided to the seniors by Officer Brown from the community policing office.
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It's good to see the community support our officers. . . it's good to see that our officers remember to support the communities they try to protect everyday.  Good job.

Prayers For Injured Officer

On 13 May 2007, a Chicago Police Detective was shot and wounded by an unknown offender, during an investigation of that offender's suspicious activity.

As the Detective approached to investigate, the offender fled.  The Detective gave chase, heard shots and realized he was hit.  He went through four hours of surgery and is now in serious, but stable condition at Stroger Hospital.

Keep this officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he starts the road to recovery.  

At the time of this post, the investigation is continuing in a positive direction.

Monday, 14 May 2007

004th District Gang and Tact Teams Seize Weapons Cache

469warrant_3 After receiving information that marijuana was being sold from a home in the 12900 block of S. Exchange Avenue, the 4th District's Gang Team 469 & Tact Team 462  obtained and executed a warrant at that location.
Take a closer look at what they recovered-
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Due to smart, heads-up police work,  and good follow-up, these officers recovered eleven rifles and 8 handguns of various makes and models.  In additon, they  recovered several boxes of ammunition for each weapon  including armor piercing and tracer rounds. 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) assisted in checking and securing the weapons. 
A minimal amount of weed was recovered. 
Offender has been placed in custody with charges pending.  This was joint effort with Illiana Task Force.
Hats off to these officers.  They work hard, they work smart and they get the job done.  Continue to stay safe.
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Sunday, 13 May 2007

Notes from National Police Week

Sent to CC by the Superintendent.
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When our plane arrived at Reagan National on Saturday Afternoon, an honor guard of 20 officers were lined up and at attention and saluted Amelia Solorio (mother of P.O. Eric Solorio who died in the line of duty last year) and other family members of deceased officers as they left the plane. 
On Saturday night, John Walsh of Fox's America's Most Wanted hosted the National Association of Police Organizations' TOP COP AWARDS.  Lt. Joseph Gorman, Sgt. James Sanchez and Detective Gregory Jacobson of the Gang Intelligence Unit were winners for their investigation of the New Breed Street Gang that led to a shootout with Gang Intelligence Officers in which one officer was wounded and 2 New Breed street gang members were killed. 
On Sunday afternoon, P.Os. Grace Delgado, Michael Ostrowski and Michael Foster of the CPD Honor Guard and I had the privilege to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
After witnessing these three events, I am so proud to be a member of CPD.
Supt. Philip J. Cline
Chicago Police Department

Friday, 11 May 2007

National Police Week Begins 13 May

This week is designed to honor the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty over the past year. All Department members traveling to Washington, D.C. are encouraged to attend the National Police Week activities listed below:

P.O. Eric Solorio will be honored for his ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week in Washington, D.C. 13-19 May 2007.

Sunday 13, May:     1300 hours - Superintendent's Wreath Laying Ceremony Arlington  National Cemetery

2000 hours - Candlelight Vigil Ceremony National Police Memorial Judiciary Square

Monday, 14 May :     0830 hours - Honor Guard Competition John Marshall Park (between Federal Court House & Canadian Embassy)

1800 hours - Illinois Law Enforcement Social Event 600 Water St., S.W.

Tuesday, 15 May : 1200-1530 hours -26th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day Services United States Capitol Building Class A Dress Uniform (Bring white gloves)

This is just a "quick list" of some of the main events taking place during the first few days.  We will continue to post this info on our header page through Tuesday.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.  As the week progresses, be sure to check out the "National Police Week" category on our web page.  It will contain archived posts related to the week and additional activity information.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Chicago Officers Honored for Bravery and Sacrifice

On May 9, 2007, Chicago Police Superintendent Philip J. Cline presented awards to outstanding officers at the Chicago Police Department's 46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony.

This ceremony honored officers for various acts of valor and sacrifice which they performed in the line of duty.  While the list is long and the recipients are more than deserving, this is but a sample of the actions our police take on a daily basis to serve and protect this city.

If you ever wonder about the hearts and souls of the officers of the Chicago Police Department, click the PDF file below.  Read their names, read their stories and remember their sacrifices.

It is also very interesting that when the media gets a negative story or video about the Chicago Police Department they will play it over and over again.  On the other hand, when it is a positive story, like the Recognition Ceremony, you will be lucky to see it once on the afternoon news.  This year, even with the outstanding heroics of 70 police officers, the coverage was less then usual.

The Tribune did send a reporter to the event and did a decent job of covering the event. It wasn't above the fold on the Metro page where it should have been, but it did make page a quarter of page 6 in the Metro Section.

  The Sun-Times was much more interested in covering fake sushi and a negative police story in one of their columns.  They did cover the ceremony  in their "News in Brief", very brief indeed, they didn't even give the story 70 words.

On the TV end channels 2, 5 and 7 did send crews to cover the story and we appreciate the effort.  Channels 32, 9 and CLTV were much too busy to cover this event. 

The media is supposed to report the news.  This event is news that has taken place in Chicago in the past year--but the powers that be at the various print and electronic organizations have determined that the people of Chicago do not need to know what positive actions and stories take place on a daily basis from the Chicago Police Department. 

If you want to know what the men and women of the finest police department in the country are doing, take a few minutes to download the attached file and read about the heroics that take place every day in this City. 

Also keep in mind that you determine what channels to watch on TV and what newspapers you want to spend your money buying.  When all the smoke clears, the Chicago Police Department should be given equal time in the media equation.  If 70 officers were involved in a negative story we would hear about it for the next 6 months.  We have 70 hero's and will be lucky to see 6 minutes worth of coverage.

Stay safe, stay focused and go home safely every night.

Download 2007_awards.pdf

Wednesday, 09 May 2007

P.O. Zayas Update

I just wanted to update everyone on Andres Zayas and his band of brothers in Afghanistan.  They lost a couple of their own on 6 May 2007 in an ambush at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan.  Andres sent me a couple pictures of the honors ceremony.  Today, 09 May 2007, I received a postcard from Andres.

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The back of the card reads as follows:

"Hello Everyone!  Just wanted to drop off a card and say hello.  Things are fine and I wish to thank you for the care packages.  I am in good spirits but I am longing for home.  We often take so much for granted and until we experience something like this, we realize how important friends and family are!  We find honor in everything, even when the IEDs go off!"

I have attached pictures of the honors ceremony and the postcard.  I am not sure how or if you guys will use them but it is a real reminder of what our people who are deployed are experiencing over there.  I would again like to thank everyone who has been so kind to donate items for me to send to Andres.

Thanks

Frank

Sgt. Francis J. Iglinski

Administrative Sergeant

Bureau of Patrol

312-745-6210 Office

Honor

Tuesday, 08 May 2007

This article was submitted to CC by:

Rhonda Anderson, Race Director, Run To Remember
Captain,TEAM CPD MEMORIAL Debuting October 7, 2007 at the
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (312)745-5286
www.cpdmemorial.org/run

Run to Remember honors fallen officers
Disabled child races for the first time, remembers grandfather killed in line of duty
By Nina Mandell
May 7, 2007
Chicago Athlete

Runtoremember07main For the more than 2,000 runners on Saturday, May 5 at the police memorial run, there was no shortage of fallen officers to be remembered.

But for Garry Forde and the O'Neill family, the race was as much about remembering Officer Maureen O'Neill's father, who was killed in the line of duty in 1974, as it was about remembering someone who is still alive: her daughter, Fiona O'Neill.

Ten-year-old Fiona was born with methemoglobinemia, a rare blood disease that leaves her severely mentally and physically disabled. The O'Neill family knew of only two other children in the world that were afflicted with the disease, and they both have passed away.

"She was our miracle child," said Maureen, a 25-year police veteran. "They didn't expect her to survive more than two years, but she just turned ten last month."

When he heard of Fiona's condition ten years ago, Forde, a long-time marathoner and childhood friend of Fiona's father, Kevin O'Neill, found a new purpose in his running: to raise money and awareness for Fiona.

"I was toning back on marathons and then this happened," said Forde, who has now run 21 marathons. "I absolutely love running now. If Fiona can struggle like this and she hasn't even made it to the starting line of life yet, then I can struggle through a race."

Forde kicks a gaelic soccer ball along the race route as he runs. After he's finished, he has it autographed by local celebrities and his soccer team, then he auctions it off to raise money for Fiona.

At the Run to Remember, Fiona for the first time was able to join Forde during a race. Cheered on by Fiona's two sisters and her parents, Forde ran pushing Fiona around the track in her wheelchair. They raced along with another disabled child being pushed in a wheelchair along the course, 12-year-old Mark Jackson. Mark, the son of police sergeant Gregory Jackson, was born six months premature and has cerebral palsy and a tracheotomy.

"This is so important because this is something he can do and enjoy athletically and we can participate and be a part of and support the foundation as well," said his mother Marchell Jackson. "This will hopefully catapult him to do more races."

Finishing times were not as fast as other races this racing season, however, runners said they were even more meaningful. The men's side was won by Jason Lee (16:27), and the women's side by Amy Thomas Elder (18:57). Neither have affiliation with the police department, but said they were glad to support their community's protection.

"It was really fun to be here," said Elder. "I love the whole event, it's just really special."

This was the third annual Chicago police memorial race, a race that was started by the Chicago Police running team. In the past two years the race has raised more than $50,000.

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Monday, 07 May 2007

Heads up policing in 009

At 0355 hours, 5 May 07, Beat 911 is flagged down by a concerned citizen who tells them drugs are being sold at 3132 W. 41st Street.  Officers Murphy and Tantillo follow up on the complaint and contact Ephrain Flores, 44 years old. who lives in the building and discover a plastic bag containing suspect cocaine, in plain view, on the back porch.  It was less than 15 grams but the officers did get a consent to search, in writing, from the wife and went up to the attic where the offender lived and recovered two additional bags of suspect cocaine and $20,000 in USC.  K-9 had a positive hit on the money and Asset Forfeiture was notified. 

Not bad for following up on a citizens suspicions.

Our Crime Strategies Work

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This job is not always easy. . . not by a longshot.  But it is good to see results.  Job well done to all the hardworking members of the Chicago Police Department.

Sunday, 06 May 2007

Chicago Remembers

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Nothing more to say. . . except, "Thank You."

Friday, 04 May 2007

SPECIAL EVENT

Tickets are available for the 46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon, which will be held at 1200 hours on Wednesday, 09 May 07, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Police Department most distinguished awards-Award of Valor, Blue Star Award, Blue Shield Award, and Police Medal will be presented to some of our outstanding officers. Your attendance will greatly support our fellow officers for their acts of heroism. All sworn exempt members will wear dress uniform, and other sworn members will wear the uniform of the day or conservative business attire. Department members interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Special Activities Section at Pax 0207 or Bell 5-5844.

SPECIAL EVENT

Please join us at the 3rd Annual RUN TO REMEMBER 5K run & walk on Saturday, 5 May 07, 0800 hours at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Log on to www.cpdmemorial.org/run to register, donate or volunteer. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. For additional info contact Rhonda Anderson (312) 745-5286.

SPECIAL EVENT

Area Four Detective Division is sponsoring their 3rd Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Chicago Police Department Memorial Foundation. This event will take place on Sunday, 29 Jul. 07. To register on line please go to www.area4ridetoremember.com. For day of ride registration, please arrive at Area Four (3151 W. Harrison) at 0800 hrs, the ride will begin promptly at 1000 hrs. For more information please contact Det. Thomas Flaherty at Cold Case Squad 312-746-9690.

ARE YOU AWARE?

15 May 2007 marks the 26th Annual National Police Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. Help honor Police Officer Eric Solorio, #13609 and all the fallen Officers. Information guides are being sent to Districts and Units. If you need more information please contact Preventive Programs at 5-5823 or Pax 0304.

REMINDER ST. JUDE MEMORIAL MARCH

St. Jude Police League Memorial March and inter-faith service has been moved from Michigan Ave. to the Gold Star Families and Memorial Park. (Reference Pax 501 dated 27 Apr. 07).

SPORTS EVENT

The Chicago Police Enforcers will play a charity football game against the Philadelphia Blue Flame. The game will be held following the St. Jude March on Sunday, 6 May 07 at Soldier Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1030 hours. Please bring a change of clothes to the march and join us afterward for the Gold Star Bowl. Proceeds from the Enforcers season assist the Gold Star Families and the Police Memorial Foundation. Tickets will be available at the gate or from any team member. Please visit www.cpdenforcers.com for more information.

SPECIAL EVENT

Patrolman Cornelius Wilson was the first African-American Chicago Police Officer killed in the line of duty, 1 May 1919. The African-American Police League and the Guardians Police Organization will be hosting a commemorative ceremony on 5 May 2007 at Raymond School Park, 3663 S. Wabash at 1300 hours. In addition, everyone is invited to a picnic in Patrolman Wilson’s honor at the same location, from 1000-1700 hours.

Thursday, 03 May 2007

23rd District Gun Pinch

Submitted to CC by Sgt. Sodini in 23rd District.  This honorable mention was presented to the recipient officers during an outdoor roll call.  Community residents were on hand to witness adn participate in the event.  The officers received a well deserved round of applause from the community.  Well done!

This honorable mention is awarded to Officer J. Walsh , P.O. Galeczka , P.O. Salam, P.O. Miller and Sgt. Greco for their diligence and dedication to duty in the on view arrest and charging of an offender and the recovery of a 9mm Luger.

While on aggressive, preventive patrol, Officers Walsh and Galeczka observed several male teens gathered on the corner of Sheridan and Wilson.  While passing, the Officers heard loud reports and gave a flash message of "shots fired" and the description of several males running from that location and gave chase.  While the subjects split into groups, P. O. Walsh observed a lone teen possibly concealing a weapon, split from the group and flee into the alley and emerge a few seconds later empty handed, turning to run S/B on Sheridan.  Officer Walsh gave another directional flash message.  The male subject was detained by Officers Galeczka and Salam for investigation.  During this time 911 was notified by a concerned citizen and witness, that he saw a male teen throw an object into the dumpster, possible a gun and run S/B on Sheridan, giving a clothing description of the offender.  P.O. Miller was able to recover the unregistered weapon, a 9mm Luger based on this information.

A local store owner, after hearing loud noises discovered a bullet hole, that had just occurred, in his office window.  Further investigation by Sgt. Greco enabled the recovery of video surveillance from another merchant to support the events.

These Officers are to be commended for their team work and skill in coordinating a successful arrest and recovery of evidence and information.

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photo by: "Alan Donnelly  ©2007"

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Police Month Activities

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SPECIAL EVENT ILLINOIS POLICE MEMORIAL

On 2 May 07 in Springfield Illinois, the night before the State Memorial, the Chicago Police Soccer Team are playing the St. Louis Police Soccer Team in a charity game. All proceeds go to benefit C.O.P.S. Concerns of Police Survivors of Illinois. The game is being held at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Kiwanis Stadium at 1900 hours. The game features two teams with collegiate and professionally experienced players. For directions and further details please check WWW.CPDSOCCER.COM

CHAPLAINS CORNER

The Police Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 13 May 07, at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., 1100 hours. This Mass will honor all Mothers on Mothers Day and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after Mass. For further information contact Father Nagle at (312) 738-7588.

SPECIAL EVENT

Patrolman Cornelius Wilson was the first African-American Chicago Police Oficer killed in the line of duty, 1 May 1919. The African-American Police League and the Guardians Police Organization will be hosting a commemorative ceremony on 5 May 2007 at Raymond School Park, 3663 S. Wabash at 1300 hours. In addition, everyone is invited to a picnic in Patrolman Wilson’s honor at the same location, from 1000-1700 hours.

SPECIAL EVENT

The Department has arranged for bus transportation for any member wishing to participate in the Annual Police Memorial in Springfield, IL on Thursday, 3 May 07. This year the state is honoring Chicago Police Officer Eric Solorio for his duty related sacrifice. Members are advised to report to the parking lot of the Education & Training Division, 1300 W. Jackson, no later than  0400 hours on Thursday, 3 May 07. To sign up or obtain further information about the bus service contact Sgt. Capparelli, at Bell 5-5838 or Pax 0304.

Chicago Police Memorial Schedule of Events

Chicago Police

Memorial Foundation

Upcoming Schedule of May Events

This Saturday May 5, 2007 Run to Remember

HURRY!

On Line Registration Ends May 2nd at Midnight

The "Run to Remember" 5K Run and Walk

Forecast: Sunny and 69

5K USATF certified chip-timed run/ 5K non-competitive walk and junior jog on Chicago's beautiful lakefront. Join us in supporting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. For more info click on the weblink or visit CPDmemorial.org

This Sunday May 6, 2007

8:00am

Gold Star Families Memorial Park

(Exit Lake Shore Drive at 18th Street)

St Jude Memorial March

Friends and Family of law enforcement are invited to join the Chicago Police Department and other agencies on Sunday, May 6 at Solidarity and Museum Campus Drives.  Extended family members and friends are welcome to view the march from the west side of Museum Campus Drive across from the Park

Immediately following the St. Jude Memorial March

This Sunday May 6, 2007  CPD Enforcers 

CPD "Enforcers" Charity Football Game

Come join the CPD Enforcers Football Team on May 06, 2007, as they take on the Philadelphia Blue Flames in a Charity football game at Soldier Field, 1401 Museum Campus Drive.

Kickoff is at 10:30 am.

Tickets are $10.00 at the gate.

Contact Information

Run To Remember:

312-745-5286

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

312-499-8899

1359 W. Washington Blvd.

60607

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Looks to "Never Forget" Chicago Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty and Officers who suffer from catastrophic injuries and their families.

Thank you for your support.

Register for the Run to Remember!!!

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ONLINE REGISTRATION for the RUN TO REMEMBER ENDS AT 2359 hours on May 2nd!

If you miss online registration, you can register at:
Packet Pickup
Chicago Police Academy
1300 W. Jackson
Thursday and Friday 0800-2000
You may pick up packets for friends, family, and co-workers, please have their full names and t-shirt sizes available.
Or in person on race day, the price increases to  $30.00 cash or check ONLY.
We have already exceeded last year's registration, so act quickly!  Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt!
For more info, log onto :

Tuesday, 01 May 2007

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Stopped and watched the Honor Guard today.
Never been prouder.
Submitted by Fr. Thomas Nangle

Monday, 30 April 2007

African-American Police League Commemorates 1st African American Officer Killed in Line of Duty

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Patrolman Cornelius Wilson #2902 was the first African American Chicago Police Officer killed in the line of duty. 

He was killed on May 1, 1919 at 37th and State when he confronted three men who were suspected of armed robberies.  The offenders fired upon Officer Wilson.  He returned fire and fatally wounded one of the offenders.  However, Officer Wilson also suffered fatal injuries from being shot during this encounter. 

The African American Police League and the Guardians Police Organization will hold a commemoration ceremony on 5 May 2007 at Raymond School Park located at 3663 S. Wabash.  The ceremony will begin at 1300 hours. 

In addition, a picnic will take place at the same location form 1000 hours to 1700 hours. All are welcome to attend the ceremony and the picnic.

CPD Enforcers Charity Game to Follow St. Jude's Parade

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Come join the CPD Enforcers Football Team on May 06, 2007, as they take on the Philadelphia Blue Flames in a Charity football game at Soldier Field, 1401 Museum Campus Drive.

Kickoff is at 10:30 am.

Proceeds to Benefit Enforcer Charities

Come out and march in the St. Jude's Parade, stay for a football game!

Tickets available at the gate or you may contact team members.

For additional information, log onto www.cpdenforcers.com or www.npsfl.com

Chicago Honors Fallen Officers

Run_to_remember 5K run and walk to raise funds and awareness for  Chicago’s fallen and injured police officers.

WHAT:     Over two-thousand Chicago Police Officers, families of fallen officers and supporters of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation are expected to participate in the third annual Run to Remember on Saturday, May 5th.  The Run to Remember is a 5K run/walk that takes place at the recently dedicated Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, just east of Soldier Field. This will be the first year that participants at the event will be able to enjoy the completed park and Memorial. Activities include appearances by the Mounted, K-9, and Helicopter units, as well as a junior jog and activities area for children.

In an effort to raise awareness for the Mission Beyond the Memorial, and the special needs of Officers who have been catastrophically injured in the line of duty, Run To Remember has partnered with Steve’s Team, a non-for profit organization that will be providing racing wheelchairs that will carry some very special children of Chicago Police officers.

                        

WHEN:     Saturday, May 5th  Pre-registration and full details online at www.cpdmemorial.org/run , or at the Chicago Police Academy, 1300 W. Jackson May 3rd and 4th from 8am-8pm.

                    Race Day On-site registration for participants begins at 6:30am.    Event begins at 8:00am.

                        

WHERE:        Gold Star Family Park

                        Just East of Solider Field and West of Burnham Harbor

                Waldron and Museum Campus Drive Exit 18th  Street from Lake Shore Drive and head East to  Waldron Drive . 

Complimentary  Parking available at the Waldron deck.

                        

WHO:        Nearly 2500 current Chicago Police Officers, families of fallen officers and Chicago residents will participate in this 5k run/walk.

46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony to be held on 09 May

Tickets are available for the 46th Annual Police Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon, which will be held at 1200 hours on Wednesday, 09 May 07, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, located at 720 S. Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Police Department most distinguished awards-Award of Valor, Blue Star Award, Blue Shield Award, and Police Medal will be presented to some of our outstanding officers. Your attendance will greatly support our fellow officers for their acts of heroism. All sworn exempt members will wear dress uniform, and other sworn members will wear the uniform of the day or conservative business attire. Department members interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Special Activities Section at Pax 0207 or Bell 5-5844.

Chicago Police Soccer Team to Play in Springfield

On 02MAY07 in Springfield the night before the Memorial. The Chicago Police Soccer Team is playing the St. Louis Police Soccer Team in a charity match at the University of Illinois at Springfield Kiwanis Stadium to benefit C.O.P.S. : Concerns for Police Survivors of Illinois. The game features both collegiate and professionally experienced players on both sides - which should make for a interesting game! For directions to the stadium and further details please check www.cpdsoccer.com


P.O. Bob Kellam
Chicago Police Soccer Team
(312)485-0002

Friday, 27 April 2007

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The St. Jude Memorial March is a special part of our department and reminds us that the legacies of our fallen live on. This year, the 75th Anniversary of the St. Jude Police League will be even more meaningful as police officers and members of our law enforcement community gather and march for the first time at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. 

As Superintendent, I am honored to lead this march past the Memorial because after 75 years of marching at five different locations throughout the city, we have found a home.  The Gold Star Families Memorial and Park is a reality. We encourage all participants and their families to enjoy the park’s beauty and remember the 520 heroes whose names are inscribed on its sacred walls. 

I invite all of you to join us on Sunday, May 6 at Solidarity and Museum Campus Drives. Police Officers will assemble on Solidarity Drive.  Extended family members and friends are welcome to view the march from the west side of Museum Campus Drive across from the Park (see map on back).

Step off begins promptly at 0800 hours and the march will proceed South on Museum Campus Drive to Waldron Drive. Immediately at the conclusion of the march there will be a brief 15 minute inter-faith service presented by the Chicago Police Department Chaplain’s Unit. I encourage everyone to attend this service which will be held in the great gathering space in front of the Memorial Water Wall. 

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside Gate O of Soldier Field.

Free parking is available in the Soldier Field South Lot and the Waldron Parking Garage. Use the 18th Street exit on Lake Shore Drive.

Please remember and support the other police events during National Police Month. The annual Run to Remember supports the Mission Beyond the Memorial and kicks off at 0800 on Saturday, May 5 at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. Illinois salutes its fallen officers during ceremonies at the state Capitol on  May 2nd and 3rd. In Washington, DC the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial will hold a candlelight vigil on May 13th at 1900 at the memorial. On Wednesday, May 15, Officer Eric Solorio will be honored during the 26th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Services ceremony held on the Capitol lawn at noon.

I look forward to seeing you and your family on Sunday morning as we march together to honor our fallen officers.

To view a map of the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park visit the Checkerboard Chat or www.cpdweblog.typepad.com/ .

Philip J. Cline

Philip J. Cline

Superintendent

Chicago Police Department

Another fire rescue by a CPD Sergeant

For the second time in as many days a Chicago Police Sergeant has rescued a citizen from a fire.

In this case, Sgt. Michael Spagnola on-viewed a serious traffic accident at Chicago & Homan.  The vehicle was engulfed in flames and Sgt. Spagnola quickly attempted to free the driver that was trapped and unconscious in the car.  Another Chicago Police Officer, John Dalcason, 11th District, who was off duty and driving past stopped to help the Sergeant.  The officers had to break a window and fight back flames to extricate the victim.  The victim was pulled to safety and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Another fire rescue by the Chicago Police Department.  Great job.  Yet another example of police officers who truly believe that we do serve and protect. 

CPD Honor Guard to kick off Police Month

On the 30th of April, starting at 0001 hours through 2359 hours, the CPD Honor Guard will post a 24-hour guard in front of the water wall at the Gold Star Family Memorial and Park.  This event will launch Police Month activities.  The Honor Guard invites all members and their families to visit the Memorial in remembrance of all Chicago Police Officers past and present.  Honor Guard personnel will assist anyone who would like to lay a wreath at the Memorial.

Anyone who has been to an Honors Funeral or a wake and has had the opportunity to see these young men and women in action knows how well they represent the Chicago Police Department.  Their presence, uniforms and demeanor truly command respect.  Thank you for a job well done.

If your schedule allows, take some time to stop by the Memorial and see these outstanding examples of Chicago Police officers.  I wonder how many times we will see video of the Honor Guard at the Memorial Water Wall, if we see it at all.

Steve's Team Needs Your Help

Run To Remember is looking for CPD families or friends who have a disabled child who would be interested in participating in the Run To Remember on 05 May 2007. Three children will each ride in their own modified racing wheelchairs that will be pushed by members of Steve's Team.  Steve's Team is a Chicago- based group that races with children who cannot do so on their own due to incapacities. I have attached a photo of Steve with a racing wheel chair. Please pass this along to fellow Officers and friends of the CPD. For details, contact P.O. Rhonda Anderson at r2remember@gmail.com or call 312-745-5286 and leave a message.

Thank You and Stay Safe!!

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

NAGIS Seizes $60k and 200lbs. of Cannabis

Working in conjunction with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, NAGIS Squad A-2 conducted surveillance on a  vehicle driven by a subject who was involved in narcotics activities.

The subject was taken into custody where further investigation led to the seizure of a large amount of cash and controlled substances.

Good police work.   Happens every day in Chicago--whether it makes the "news" or not.

Stay safe.

12th District Sergeant's Heroism: 2 Rescued From Burning Building

While responding to a call of a fire at about 1230 hours today, a 12th District Sergeant noticed flames coming from a building on the 1600 block of west 21st Street.

The Sarge called for assistance from CFD and ran into the building where he found two residents in their apartments.  With the help of the Sergeant, both residents made their escape without serious injury.

The Sergeant and one of the residents were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and minor injury.

Outstanding job, Sarge.  Thanks for placing yourself in harm's way to save these citizens. 

Job well done and a speedy recovery.

The Criminal Mind . . . .

Genius comes in all shapes and sizes.  Apparently, this criminal was in the wrong line when they were passing out portions of "criminal mastermind" ability.

A female employee of a Southside grocery store was arrested and charged with theft.  Here's her alleged "master plan":  The employee allegedly accessed the store's bank accounts to withdraw cash, put the withdrawn cash in the store's "cash room drawer" and then took the surplus cash for herself.

She did this (over a period of time) to the tune of almost $100,000.  Well, as her misfortune would have it, the store's accountants noticed the discrepancy and checked the withdrawals. . . . OK, here it comes, the moment of "evil genius":  The offender conducted the transactions using her INDIVIDUALLY ASSIGNED password.

What?????????????

She's in jail. . . where she belongs. . . before she hurts herself trying to come up with another "brilliant" scheme.

Stay safe out there.

Alert 6th District Officers Catch Robbery Suspect

On April 23rd an offender tried to rob a fast food restaurant by climbing through the drive-thru window.  As the subject fled the scene, Officers Dillon and Proano of Bt. 614 were on patrol and monitoring the flash sent out by units that were on the scene. 

Bt. 614 toured the area and located a vehicle matching the description given in the flash. These officers curbed the vehicle and observed the subject was armed and wearing body armor--which also matched the flash of the offender.

The subject was taken into custody without incident.  Recovered were two weapons, a body armor vest, and about $200 USC.

Further investigation by A/2 detectives revealed that this offender was also a suspect in the armed robbery of another fast food restaurant.

The offender was charged accordingly.  All officers were safe.  Fantastic response, back-up and investigative work to all units involved:

Officers:

Morris and Skupien--Bt 623

Brandenburger and Kennedy--Bt 647

Sgts.:

Walsh--Bt 620

Peak--Bt 610

Franko--Bt 650

Lt. Walsh and the Area 2  R/B/T Unit.

Stay safe.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

"Two Stars and a Bar"--Fr. Thomas Nangle

TWO STARS AND A BAR

The sergeant was on the job forty six years. He was 68 years old. As he sat in the station, he had a terrible pain in his chest, and he started to sweat. He went to walk outside for some air, and he passed the pictures of police officers from that district whose lives had been taken from them. He got outside, grabbed his chest, and fell dead to the pavement. This scene is taken from Joseph Wambaugh’s new work, “Hollywood Station.” It’s about life in the LAPD. That’s why the numbers in the first two sentences don’t add up in  CPD math.

The LAPD sergeant’s nickname is the Oracle. He was deeply respected by the officers under his supervision. He got them out of street messes, paperwork mazes, and political furies. He was always on their side. He wasn’t street wise: he was street genius. And he never lost his sense of the noble, Godly nature of doing real police work. At an LAPD roll call one day, Wambaugh has him talking to his troops after a battle between a pimp and an undercover officer which left the officer in danger of losing her eye and in need of facial reconstruction; the pimp ended up one spleen short. The author has created a stew of racial concerns, legal tricks and plea bargaining down to a misdemeanor, and says the officers at roll call were demoralized and angry. Imagine. The Oracle  speaks to them, and when he does, you can sure tell Wambaugh used to be the police. I’ve taken the liberty to change his beautiful words (p.175) to C.P.D. terms, hoping the police souls who read these words, active and retired, will be affirmed and supported:

---The star you’re wearing is the most beautiful in the world. Some departments copy it, but every department respects it. They know it means The Real Police. And all these critics and politicians and media -------- [Wambaugh’s term] come and go, but that star still stands for real police work, and none of them could do it. You can get as mad and outraged as you want over what’s going down, but don’t get cynical. Being cynical will burn your soul to a cinder. Doing good police work is the greatest fun there is. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have in your lives. So go on out there and have some fun!---

May is the month when the police honor themselves across the nation. Few municipalities have a vigorous desire to honor and appreciate the police, so the police do it themselves. We do it---the ceremonies, the pomp and circumstance, prayers and taps and parades---not to show off, but to show that we know a secret: The police soul is different. It has colors in it that set it apart: courage, pride, dignity, generosity, loyalty, service to humanity. Even the scriptures tell us, “Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” We’d be fools not to celebrate all that.

Respectfully,

Fr. Thomas Nangle,

CPD Chaplain

Superintendent Catches Thief

"Top Cop" may mean different things to different people, but remember the key to that nickname is "cop". 

On Monday, Superintendent Cline and Sgt. Masterson were in the area of 19th and State Street, when they were waved down by a local businessman. 

The businessman told the Superintendent that a man, whom he described, caused a disturbance in the restaurant and then allegedly left without paying.  Superintendent Cline and Sgt. Masterson toured the area looking for the offender and located the subject at about 21st and State. 

As they exited the vehicle, the "Supe" and "Sarge" stopped the offender and were met by Bt. 106.  The offender was taken into custody without incident.

Outstanding job to Officers Stadnicki and Siriscevich of Bt. 106, Sgt. Masterson and Superintendent Cline.  The real police. . . every day.

Stay safe.

Off-Duty Officers Help Capture Murder Suspect

On April 19, 2007, a 19 year-old male was shot and killed in the area of 130th and Baltimore in what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.  During the incident, the victim, after being shot, crashed his vehicle. 

Officers A. Martinez, J. Knezevich and Sgt. A. Medina were all off-duty and in the vicinity of the event as it occurred.  Officer Martinez and Sgt. Medina on-viewed the traffic crash, called 911 and sent a flash. They also followed what appeared to be a vehicle fleeing the scene.

Off-duty Officer J. Knezevich heard the call over a police scanner and saw the alleged offender's vehicle and placed a stop on the vehicle while calling for assistance.

As assisting units arrived, the driver of the vehicle, Luis Rojas, was taken into custody.

Further investigation led to another offender and the recovery of a weapon in the vehicle driven by Rojas.

Because officers, even though off-duty, paid attention to their surroundings and were willing to take police action, a murder suspect was captured and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

Great job to Sgt. A. Medina, and PO's J. Knezevich and A. Martinez.  Additional congrats should also go to the responding units in the 004th District:

PO's:

M. Garza--Bt. 482

C. Sanchez, L. Garcia and T. Morgan-- Bt. 462A

S. Rotkvich and R. Bialota-- Bt. 468

A. Guerrero-- Bt. 406

J. Desmond-- Bt. 406A

For those who don't believe this job is "24-7", this shows that you never stop being the police--whether "on the clock" or off.

Nice work.  Stay safe.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Run To Remember . . . Kickoff Party

Run2remember

Come join us at the Run To Remember Kickoff Party and Benefit on Monday, April 23rd.

WHERE?   The NEW Stanley's 323 S. Racine (at Van Buren, just off  I-290, parking on site)

WHEN?     Monday, April 23rd 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

COST?      Donation Includes refreshments and appetizers

                  Proceeds Benefit The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Run To Remember

Run_to_remember

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Run to Remember 5K run and walk.  Saturday, May 5, 2007 8:00 a.m. at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

5K Run and walk at 8:00 a.m.  Junior Jog at 9:30 a.m. 

*******Girl Scouts Activity Area allows parents the option to drop off children during the 5K run/walk and pick them up after to participate in the Junior jog.

******** Plentiful refreshments on site post- race and post- race party at the new Stanley's on Racine and Van Buren

FULL DETAILS and REGISTRATION at www.cpdmemorial.org/run

Friday, 20 April 2007

Within Hours. . . 2 Burglary Offenders Nabbed by 4th District

This was sent to CC by the 4th District. Good response time + Good police work = good arrests. 

Officers of the 1st & 2nd watches made excellent arrests on 18 Apr 07. The 1st Watch officers responded to a residential burglar alarm and observed a subject stacking items on the rear porch. As the officers approached to conduct a field interview the offender fled on foot, discarding clothing as he ran. Responding assists units were able to apprehend the offender a short distance away. The officers were able to recover all of the victim’s property. The offender, Hayes, A., a convicted burglar, was placed under arrest and felony charges have been filed.

            Just hours later, 2nd Watch personnel responded to an OEMC assignment of a Burglary in progress. Due to the sergeant’s quick response, the offender was observed exiting the residence with property in hand. Upon seeing the sergeant, the offender fled on foot. Responding units were able to apprehend the offender quickly and witnesses positively identified the offender. Teague, D., a convicted felon was placed under arrest and charged with Burglary- Residential.

Great job in the 004th District.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Update: St. Jude Memorial March

We've gotten many questions regarding this year's St. Jude Memorial March.  Here's what we have.  Look forward to your participation.  As you know, the location and route of the march has changed.

This year, the March will begin along Solidarity Drive near the planetarium and proceed west to Museum Campus Drive, then south along Museum Campus Drive.  The route will take us past the Gold Star Memorial Park and end near Waldron Drive.

Here are the other particulars:

Assembly: 0740 hours along Solidarity Drive

Step Off:  0800 hours from Solidarity Drive

The big question was parking. 

Parking will be provided at 2 locations:

Waldron Deck Parking Garage

South Lot of the McCormick Place Garage

Both lots will be accessible from the north or south from 18th Street.

For further details and uniform information, you can follow up with your individual districts or units.

Let's continue to come out and honor those who have paid the ultimate price.

School Violence: Responses and Strategies

We have received many questions that seek ways to address and respond to incidents of violence in and around our nation's schools.

We thank the Chicago Police Department Bureau  of Crime Strategy and Accountability, Deputy Superintendent Molloy and his staff for the following information.

Please click the link below to access the International Association of Chiefs of Police website.  This site offers excellent strategies for handling violent acts in schools.

IACP Prevention and Response to School Violence

Safety Alert: Decoy Mannequins Rigged to Explode

Produced on Critical Reach System

Officer Safety

Date: 4/17/2007 Case #: 0705258 Author ID: 7639

Burning mannequin (in car video) Exploded butane can inside mannequin

On 15 Apr 07 at approx. 0030 hrs, one of our patrol officers rolled up on what appeared to be a burning human body lying in the roadway on Schaumburg Rd. at Walnut. Upon inspection, it was clear it was a stuffed mannequin. However, shortly after the officer arrived on scene and while still in close proximity to the mannequin, the mannequin exploded. Luckily, our officer was not hurt.

Further investigation revealed butane cannisters and coffee cans containing gasoline were placed inside the mannequin and were meant to cause an explosion. Witnesses stated they saw several teenagers running from the scene prior to the officer's arrival. Any departments with similar incidents please contact the Streamwood Police Department Investigations Division at 630-736-3700.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Update to Catalytic Converter Thefts

Here is an update to a post from February 2007.  It was submitted by the Burbank P.D. :

On 14-April-07 @ 1033hrs. at Food 4 Less parking lot located at 7770 S. Cicero Ave.

The victim and witness observed a gray, 1991 Toyota Corolla / Tercel IL plates, parked next to the victim's 2004 Jeep Cherokee with the Toyota's engine hood open.

An unknown M/B approx. 40 Y.O.A. was standing near the Toyota's open hood. A witness observed a M/B offender under her Jeep attempting to cut off the vehicle's catalytic converter with a cordless saw.  When the offenders were confronted they fled in the above listed vehicle.

It is suspected that the offender(s) were attempting to steal the catalytic converter due to it containing precious metals.

The victim in this case did not wish to pursue this case. Anyone needing any additional information contact Det. Metelski, Burbank PD: 1-708-924-7300.

Post from FEBRUARY 2007

Alright. We need some help from anyone out there who knows what is going on.

Illinois newspapers are reporting that catalytic converters are being stolen from parked cars by metal scavengers and sold for upwards of $150!

Has anyone heard of this happening?  Apparently, the thieves go to areas where there are large groups of parked cars such as auto dealerships, park-n-ride lots and possibly parking garages. Thieves slide under the cars and use saws to cut the catalytic converters from the vehicles.

The thieves then sell the converters to metal scrap yards where they are processed to remove precious metals such as platinum, rhodium and palladium. OK, we know what platinum can be used for. . . but what are rhodium and palladium?  And what are they used for?

If you know of any reports of this going on in Chicago, let us know. And. . . watch your cars!

Thanks.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Nightmare at Virginia Tech

Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The horrific acts of one individual have given cause to a nation to stop and wonder "what is going on".  As police officers we know there is evil in this world.  The dead have not been laid to rest and the second guessing has already started.  As police officers we also know that there are times when a deranged individual makes up his mind to commit mayhem, there is little that can be done to stop him.  It is easy for everyone to speculate what should of happened and how it could have been prevented, but this is all after the fact.  The videos, that we will see over and over again, show police officers responding to a call of shots fired or a person shot.

Everyone will now speculate on what should of been done by the police department and the university.  None of those individuals were on the scene responding to shots fired in a building from an unknown offender in an unknown location. 

Football coaches and police officers ----the two professions that are always analyzed after the fact.

How about putting the responsibility for this on the deranged individual with two guns that killed 32 people and wounded many others?

Stay alert and focused.  The next 911 call you answer may be more involved than what was initially reported.

Monday, 16 April 2007

"Wolfpack Mission" nabs Homicide Offender

On 10 April 2007, Detective L. Munoz of Area 4 H/G/S informed members of the 1163 team that an individual wanted for a Homicide that occurred three years earlier was being sought. Officers J. Lipka , E. Heidewald , N. DeLuca , C. Lewis , C. McGhee and their Sergeant P. Perkovich , used their knowledge of criminal street gang members and their associates to develop information and coordinate a mission.

They were able to ascertain that the subject frequented the area of Jackson and Springfield. A "Wolf pack" Mission was conducted. During a systematic search, the wanted offender was observed in the area of 4000 West Jackson. The members of the 1163 team were able to place the wanted subject: Jenkins, Terrel, into custody without incident.

The safe and successful outcome of this mission is proof that cooperation between the Detective Division and District Tactical and Gang Teams, who possess a keen knowledge of gangs, their associates and the areas they frequent, can result in removing dangerous felons from the streets and in the process, make the city a safer place to live and work for everyone.

Job well done.

Friday, 13 April 2007

Murder Offender is Caught by Outstanding Detective Work

This is yet another example of the phenomenal detective work that takes place in Chicago.

In August of 2005, an offender walked into a small store located on the 4400 block of S. California and robbed the store then shot both of his victims in the head.  Both victims, a male and a female, died the following day.

Working with the available evidence, which included surveillance video, Area #1 Detectives W. Gehrke, V. Candelario, P. McCormack, A. Sanchez and T. Cervin were assigned the case and developed a description of the offender. Following various other leads, the detectives re-examined evidence from the crime scene. 

Before the robbery, the offender played the Illinois State Lottery's "Pick-4"  game.  The tickets, bearing the numbers "5150" and "5157" were in the machine after the robbery and were found by the investigators.

The investigators entered various combinations of those two numbers into the department database that  contained the addresses of known robbery offenders, and as it usually happens, the harder someone works, the luckier they get: the number "5157"  was found to be the former street address number of a repeat robbery offender, Timothy Fountain, 37, who used to reside at 5157 S. Aberdeen.

Using other pieces of evidence, including witness identification and physical evidence, these detectives were able to identify one Timothy Fountain of Chicago, as the offender.

On 12 April 2007, Fountain, who was in custody for an unrelated robbery, was charged with the murder that occurred in August of 2005 at 44th and California.

Outstanding detective work.  Using available evidence, technology and good old fashioned police work led to a predator being removed from the streets.

"This case illustrates why are the police---this is what we do everyday.  The detectives who worked tirelessly on this case are to be commended.  We all get a sense of gratification when we can bring comfort and closure to the families of the victims who have been devastated for so many years by these brutal ;and senseless murders," said Deputy Superintendent Hiram Grau.  "More importantly, we have removed a dangerous criminal from the streets preventing them from victimizing others ," he added.

Police Net Cash and Crack Cocaine from CHA Complex

Officers from the Wentworth Area (002nd District) Housing Team conducted surveillance in the 500 block of East Browning Ave. at the Ida B. Wells Housing Development in response to recent drug activity in the area.

During this surveillance, officers observed an individual carrying two large black plastic bags approach an apartment and knock on the door.  A man, now identified as Joseph Mahoney, opened the door and accepted the bags.  As this was going on, the officers broke surveillance and approached the apartment.  The subject who delivered the bags spotted the officers and fled.  Mahoney also saw the officers and tried to slam the door in their faces as they approached. 

While trying the close the door, Mahoney dropped one of the bags and a large amount of what appeared to be crack cocaine was visible.  Mahoney was taken into custody.  Officers recovered both bags which contained a total of about 500g each of heroin and cocaine--with an estimate street value of more than $160,000.

Charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Heroin, Mahoney admitted that he had agreed to store the drugs in exchange for money.

Police are still looking for the initial man who brought bags to the apartment.

Good job 002nd District officers.  Stay safe.

Recruit Class 06-10 Set to Graduate on 18 April

The Graduation Ceremony for Recruit Class 06-10 will be held on Wednesday 18 April 2007 at 0900 hours at the Navy Pier Ballroom, located at 600 E. Grand Ave. 

Please come out and congratulate these new officers. 

Best wishes and Stay safe.

Battle of the Badges is Back!!

Boxing_4On Friday, 20 April 2007, The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department will host its 5th annual "Battle of the Badges" boxing match at De LaSalle Institute at 3455 S. Wabash.

Tickets purchased prior to the fight are $10.  $15 at the door.Tickets are available at all Districts or by contacting the following:

Police Officers Contact:  Dale Caradine (312) 745-5838

Fire Fighters Contact:  Steve O'Malley  (773) 443-8518

                                                  or   (773) 847-5417

Doors open at 6 PM  the first bout begins at 7. The CPD vs. CFD Main Event bouts are scheduled from 8 PM to 10 PM.

Parking is free and refreshments will be available.

The Chicago Police and Fire Departments exemplify Chicago's every day heroes. These city employees selflessly serve Chicago's communities by putting their lives on the line daily. Now Chicago's businesses and organizations are giving back to Chicago's every day heroes by supporting the  Fifth Annual Chicago Battle of the Badges.

All money raised at this event will benefit Chicago Police and Fire Charities:

C.F.D. Gold Badge Society

Fire Chaplain's Ministry

Chicago Police Peer Support

St. Jude Police League

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Fire Department Widows' and Children's Assistance Fund

Last year's event raised over $33,000 for those charities. Over 3,000 individuals were in attendance.

TICKETS:

Tickets can be purchased at Scottsdale Park 4637 W. 83rd St., or Homer Park, 2741 W. Montrose.

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

2nd District Continues its Crackdown Against Crime

Submitted to CC by the 2nd District.  Keep up the good work and stay safe.

On 03 April , Housing Tactical Officers were on aggressive patrol in the Deployment Zone, with special emphasis at the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex. 002nd District Tactical Teams have been instructed to conduct missions, saturating the area due to the recent shootings at the complex and the presence of open-air drug markets .

Tact Officers B. Bolton, E. Smith and K. Mohommad were conducting a "walk down" at the Housing Complex when they were approached by a  citizen who stated that a nearby male was carrying a large blue steel pistol.  The officers began to search the area and approached a subject matching the description.  As they got closer, they observed him carrying a black sweatshirt with a large handgun protruding from the sweatshirt.

The officers announced their office, at which time the offender tried to dump the gun by throwoing it into a nearby open window.  The offender was placed into custody and detained. Officers Bolton and Mohammad relocated to the apartment where the weapon was tossed, and recovered a tech -DC9, with a 30 round capacity magazine.  The offender stated to the officers that he had the gun "strictly for protection", and that "people" are trying to kill him. 

The offender was transported to the 002nd District where he was charged accordingly.

The officers returned to the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex and continued their "walkdown" patrol and discovered a .32 caliber chrome revolver inside the incinerator room which the officers knew to be a hiding spot for the local "drug dealers" .

Because of the Officers' knowledge of the area, their dedication to the community, as well as  to the Chicago Police Dept., and their display of bravery and courage, two dangerous weapons and a repeat felon were removed from the streets of Chicago!

Burglary Car Nabs 3 for Burglaries

In  late March ,  002nd District's Robbery/ Burglary Mission Car (Tact Unit 262F)  , responded to a call of Burglary in Progress.  Upon arrival,  officers observed a subject standing in the hallway at 5900 block of S. Indiana. 

Officers suspected the subject was acting as a "lookout".

They were right!  The subject in the hall was keeping watch while two other offenders (both juveniles) were trying to pry open an apartment located at 5900 block of S. Indiana.  All three subjects were taken into custody and processed. 

Further investigation revealed that one of the offenders had left finger prints at previous burglary of a garage!  Thanks to Officers Rodriguez and Smith and to the Detective Division.

A quick response,  attention to duty and good investigative work resulted in removing 3 offenders from the streets of Chicago!

In Custody: 
#1 Juvenile
M/1/14
#2 Juvenile
M/1/16
#3 Juvenile
M/1/16

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

19th District Officers Catch Bank Robber

An offender walks into the 1st American Bank on 1300 block of west Diversey Pkwy and gives the teller a note claiming that he had a gun and demanding $5,000.

The teller hands over some cash and the offender takes off on foot.  Bt. 1969 & 1969B respond to the robbery, get a good description of offender and tour the area.  In an alley not far from the bank, the officers see a suspect matching the description running down the alley.  Officers gave chase and as they got close, the suspect stops, turns to them and says "OK...you got me; the money is in my pocket."

Needless to say, the offender was taken into custody and identified by the bank staff as the robber.  In addition, other items of evidence were recovered from the offender, along with the proceeds, of course.

Further investigation revealed that this offender also robbed a bank  at 1400 blk of west Fullerton (which he admitted).

The appropriate charges were filed.  Great job.  This is a good example of getting the good early information you need when looking for an offender.  It isn't always this easy. 

The bank robber's age:  17 years old.

Stay safe.

11th District Tactical Team Shuts Down Counterfeit Sales Operation

While executing a search warrant on the South Side, officers from the 11th District shut down a major counterfeit shoe and apparel operation. 

Acting on a "tip", officers obtained a search warrant and executed it on locations on south Commercial Avenue.  The results of the search:

13,000 pairs of counterfeit shoes; 160 counterfeit purses; cash and other evidence.

Because of these officers taking the time to follow a good lead and go the extra step to get a warrant, an enterprising criminal was taken off the streets--along with his cheap, knock-off goods.

Job well done to officers McGhee, Stanek, Deluca, Lyons, Heidewald, Murphy, McGrory, Desmond, Sgt. Park and Lt. Johnson.

Stay safe.

Eric Solorio Memorial Golf Outing

This was sent to CC via a comment.  We wanted to make it an actual posting.

Just a reminder for all who may want to attend and support a good cause.  Keep the date open for this golf event and pass the word, we can use some extra volunteers also! 

Save the Date: Eric Solorio Golf Outing
Monday, July 23
Silver Lakes Country Club

Eric Solorio Scholarship
This scholarship is named in memory of Eric Solorio, a Chicago police officer and Loyola alumnus who died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident while on duty as a member of the elite Targeted Response Unit. Eric received a posthumous B.A. in Spanish from Loyola two months after completing the requirements for the degree.
LULAB wished to recognizes a talented Loyola undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at least half-time with the Eric Solorio Scholarship. The award is granted on the basis of the candidate’s academic accomplishments as well as his/her pursuit of a career in law enforcement.

If you would like to make a donation to the LULAB scholarship fund, please write your check payable to Loyola University Chicago and send it to:
Loyola University Chicago
LULAB Scholarship
820 North Michigan Avenue
Lewis Towers, 15th floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2196
All donations are tax deductable to the extent allowed by law. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Monday, 09 April 2007

8th District Officers Stop One-man Robbery Spree

Beat 832 was responding to a call of a Robbery In Progress and sent out a flash describing the offender and the vehicle in which he fled.  Beats 822 and 835 were monitoring the flash and responded.  As the assisting units toured the area for the offender, they noticed a vehicle that matched the description in the flash. 

As the officers approached the vehicle, they saw a subject matching the description exit the vehicle and attempt to walk away.  The officers approached the subject to conduct a filed interview and saw him drop a number of items to the ground--one of which turned out to be the victim's ATM card.

The offender was taken into custody and subsequently identified by two victims.

Further investigation revealed that this offender had been responsible for a 3-day robbery/car-jacking spree on the southwest side of Chicago.  John Akres was charged with multiple felonies.

Nice way to back each other up.  Great police work.  Our congrats to 8th District Officers:

Stapleton and Clark:  Bt 822

Kim and Ward: Bt. 835

Delia and Aguinaga: Bt. 832

Stay safe.

TRU Unit Traffic Stop Nets Bundle of Weed

This arrest didn't get much press coverage, but it shows how good police work occurs everyday and how a "routine" act can yield exceptional results.

While on aggressive patrol in the 5th District, TRU Unit beat 4226E noticed a vehicle in which the passenger was holding a small child in the front seat, without a safety seat. 

The officers curbed the vehicle, approached and detected the strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle.  In addition, they saw in plain view what they believed to be a "brick" of weed.  The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and a search of the vehicle revealed: over 63,000 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of over $400,000!

Both the driver and passenger were subsequently charged with MULTIPLE felonies.

Once again, this proves that the "routine" traffic stop, if executed safely, can yield a good arrest and help to clean up the streets of our City.

Great job to the TRU unit and all of the units that assisted in this arrest. 

Stay safe.

Friday, 06 April 2007

Update on PO Andres Zayas

This letter was sent to us regarding our 15 March posting which sought donations of supplies for one of our officers serving in Afghanistan.  Here's a Thank You note and update from the Sgt. who is spearheading the donation effort.  Continue to show your support.

"I don't know who placed the flier up on the blog, but thank you.  Everyone has been very generous for Andres.  He is very appreciative of the outpouring of support being sent from those of us here.  I have sent over 2 forty pound boxes of donated goodies for him and I know some other people have sent boxes as well.  Andres is supposed to be over there until next year so I will continue collecting stuff.

Andres has been keeping in touch with me via email.  He got sick shortly after arriving but is doing well now.  His area has had a few bombings and stuff like that but he is OK.

The people he is working with are reservists from the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force as well as NATO forces. 

The people at the base have adopted a girls school.  Because the Taliban frown on women being empowered, the school has been targeted.  Nothing has happened so far. The school is in the same poor area that the base is located at. If anyone has any non battery operated toys or school supplies that they would like to donate to some younger children at the school, drop them by and I will be happy to ship them over. 

I am still looking for twin sheets and respirator masks for the troops.  I would like to thank everyone that has dropped off supplies.  I am planning to ship off another box on 13 April 07.  Thank you again and stay safe."

Sgt. Frank Iglinski

Administrative Sergeant

Bureau of Patrol

312-745-6210 Office

312-907-6475 Cell

0306 Pax

312-745-6983 Fax

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Announces Hyatt Hotels Donates $50,000

Chicago, IL- March 23, 2007

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation looks to "Never Forget" the sacrifices that have been made for the City of Chicago, its citizens, and businesses when an Officer is killed in the line of duty or meets with a catastrophic injury. The Foundation has been organized for the purposes of paying tribute and providing assistance to those Chicago Police Officers who live each and every day to provide for us. Hyatt Hotels donated fifty thousand dollars the the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's "Mission Beyond the Memorial"!

About Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Established in 2004 to build the finest law enforcement memorial in the country to Chicago's fallen Police Officers, The Foundation accomplished that goal in September of 2006 with the dedication of Gold Star Families Memorial & Park located on the lake side of Soldier Field.

The Foundation now looks to not only maintain the park and aid the families of fallen officers but to also aid those officers who suffer catastrophic injuries in the line of duty.

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
1359 W. Washington Blvd.
312-499-8899

www.CPDmemorial.org

Mr. Scott Arney, President

Thursday, 05 April 2007

Bomb and Arson Nabs Teen Firestarters

In response to a number of reports involving suspicious fires started in the16th District, Bomb and Arson investigators established area surveillance to try to catch the offenders.

Detectives set up shop in the areas of the 5700 and 5800 blocks of west Patterson.  After 2 weeks on the lookout for the offenders, the detectives observed three teens setting trash cans on fire in the alley of the 5800 block of west Patterson.

These teens were approached and, with assistance from 16th District units, taken into custody.  Along with the offenders, the Detectives recovered various pieces of evidence which included lighters and lighter fluid.  Subsequent to their arrests, all three offenders admitted to starting 10 fires in the areas bounded by Austin and Central and Irving Park and Addison. 

The oldest offender was a 17 year-old male and the younger two offenders (including a female) were  both 14 years old. All three were charged with  Felony Arson.

Because of the efforts of these detectives, a rash of arsons were solved and these offenders will learn the consequences of their dangerous "child's play".

To Detectives O'Meara and Gnutek of Bomb & Arson and Officer Dineen of Bt. 1634, Good police work.

Tuesday, 03 April 2007

17th District Continues Push Against Violent Offenders

Submitted to CC by the 17th District. Good job. Stay safe.

The following report documents for this month several incidents among many of good work by the 17th District officers.

Weapons Violation                  

4700 Block W. School St. 26MAR07

Responding to a call of shots fired, Ofc. KADUS and Ofc. KACZNSKI of the 1768 Gang Team observed two subjects walking away from them. They approached and observed one OFFENDER to discard an object to the ground. Closer inspection revealed it to be a loaded .380 semi automatic handgun. Both OFFENDERs arrested and transported in for processing, self admitted Latin Kings.

Weapons Violation 4800 Block N. Albany

21MAR07 Responding to a call of a disturbance in the Level 1 Deployment Zone known for high gang activity, Ofc. GIBBELINA and HAMIDEH approached a parked vehicle to speak with the occupants. A protective pat down revealed a "look alike" bb-gun in the form of a Walther semiautomatic handgun. The OFFENDER was placed into custody and charged accordingly in the 17th District Station.

Aggravated Battery 3200 Block W. Lawrence 18MAR07

Responding to a battery just occurred, Ofc. GLASCOTT and RASSO arrived on scene and spoke with the VICTIM. VICTIM stated that while standing on the corner, a group of males approached, yelled KING LOVE and proceeded to beat the VICTIM with a golf club. A check of the area and assistance from the 20 District led to their arrest and custody in the 17th District.

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Lieut. Joseph Porebski

Stay Focused

Shelton

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Two Charlotte, North Carolina police officers, Sean Clark, 34 and Jeffery Shelton, 35, ( both pictured) responded to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning.  This would be the last response call for both officers.  Both officers were shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex and later died in the hospital.  The offender, Demetrius Antonio Montgomery, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder. 

Keep both of these officers and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 

Domestic disturbance.......routine traffic stop.......just another street stop..... stay focused, stay sharp and stay safe.

Monday, 02 April 2007

PAX 501

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Three and a half years ago, Chicago was the murder capital of the country. 

As the new police Superintendent, my goal was to reduce murders and shootings, making Chicago the safest big city in America.  Since that time the men and women of the Chicago Police Department have made 1 million arrests, recovered more than 45,000 guns, seized more than a billion dollars worth of drugs and shut down 175 open air drug markets run by violent street gangs.  We have accomplished all of this while still responding to over 3 million 911 calls a year. 

We can proudly say that we are no longer the murder capital of the country.

When you compare the last three and a half years with the previous three and a half years, we have had 600 fewer murders and 8000 fewer shootings.  Together, we have saved lives and many Chicago families from grieving.  While violent crime is rising nationally, it’s decreasing in Chicago.

We should all be proud of that.

I will not forget that you are the ones who risk your lives everyday to protect the citizens of Chicago.  Last year we dedicated the finest police memorial in the country to honor the 520 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.  It never would have happened without your support, and I thank you for it. 

Recently I’ve heard many reporters talk about a blue wall or blue line.   In reality, there is a blue line and it’s the line that you walk every day to separate the criminals from the good citizens.   Even though you have families, each day you pin your star on your chest and strap a gun on your hip to walk that line.

Not many people would be willing to go into a dark alley in response to a man with a gun call.  As a Chicago cop, you do it everyday without hesitation.

After 37 years with the Chicago Police Department, the time has come for me to announce my retirement.  I will stay on while the police board conducts a search for my successor.   You, the men and women of this department deserve nothing less. 

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your hard work these past three and a half years.   I encourage all of you to rise above any controversy and stay focused on the mission.

Chicago is a better place because of you.

God bless all of you and God bless the Chicago Police Department.

And remember…stay safe and make sure at the end of your tour of duty you go home safely to your family.

30th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Set to Run on October 7, 2007

Ever dreamed of running a marathon?
Registration for  2007 is NEARLY FULL!!!
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Join the CPD Memorial Marathon Team in their inaugural year at the 30th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2007.

Incredible amenities and prizes! Private tent in Charity Village!

Post-race party! Expert advice and training programs!

For more information, visit www.cpdmemorial.org/run or call312-745-5286.

Sunday, 01 April 2007

16th District CAPS Implements Strategy to Reduce Thefts

The 016th District, hosted a 016th District and O'Hare Business Corridor Theft Prevention Seminar to provide valuable information and to promote networking of the 500 or so businesses located within this densely populated commercial high‑rise corridor. 

This area is located in Beat 1614 and this Beat accounted for 140 or 12% of the 1,203 Theft from Vehicle incidents within the 016th District for the Year 2006.  To accomplish this strategy, members of the 016th District Community Policing Office visited and created a database of all the property managers, selected large tenants and hotel operators which were than formally invited to attend.

On 29 Mar 07, approximately 75 business representatives, along with the Chiefs of Police from the surrounding suburbs, attended the 016th District seminar held at the Renaissance Hotel, 8500 W. Bryn Mawr.  For this meeting, the Commander, along withrepresentatives from CPD Preventive Programs, CPD Home Land Security, Crime Stoppers and the CFD, addressed: 016 District demographics, theft from vehicle prevention strategies, building security site surveys, Crime Stopper’s initiatives, ICLEAR citizen crime mapping, terrorism recognition, building evacuations and networking through a power point slide show.

This strategy resulted in an extremely powerful, informational and well received crime prevention business seminar.

Friday, 30 March 2007

004th District Continues Its Drive Against Gang Crimes

Gang Related Arrests

004th District Officers continued their pressure on area gangs in an attempt to quell escalating gang conflicts. From 24 through 28 March 2007, various teams have aggressively patroled areas where an increase of gang activity has been noted. As a result, the officers have arrested eight (8) subjects and recovered five (5) weapons. By maintaining a constant presence in areas where conflict occurs, the officers are able to quickly respond to in progress calls, use traffic violations to stop suspect vehicles and uphold quality of life issues for area residents.

Arrested:         Ramos, Kendall Latin Dragon

                        Montanez, Michael

                        Hernandez, Valentino

                        Alvarez, Juan IR

                        Lomax, William Gangster Disciple

                        Snerliing, Landon Gangster Disciple

                        Reed, Max Gangster Disciple

                        Romero, Jose Latin Count

Robbery Arrests

Armed Robbery Arrest

On 14 Mar 07 Beats 463B and 423 were responding to an armed robbery in progress at above location when victim stated to responding units that offender #1 had just robbed him at gun point. The officers gave chase and offender #1 was apprehended.  Also the weapon used to commit the robbery was recovered from offender #1.  Offender #2 was positively identified by the victim.  Three hundred eighty-nine dollars ($389) USC was recovered from offender #1. Felony charges were approved.

In custody- Thurman Bruce, Leader 4-Corner Hustlers

                    Grandberry Andre

Strong Armed Robbery Arrest in Level I DOC Area

Members of tactical team 463 responded to an OEC simulcast of a ‘robbery’ just occurred. The victim stated that he was standing at the bus stop when the offenders approached. The offenders grabbed the victim by the neck and threw him to the ground then began going through the victim’s pockets. The offenders stated, “give up the phone!” The victim complied and the offenders fled northbound on Colfax.  The officers toured the area and apprehended the offenders who were positively identified by the victim. A custodial search of the offenders revealed the victim’s phone in the pocket of offender

In custody- #1 Chester, Corlandis (Convicted Felon for Robbery)- Black P Stone gang member

                   #2 Chester, Maurice Gangster Disciple gang member ( Arrested in past for

                        Robbery )

14th District Coppers Nab Bank Robber

On Monday, 26 March 2007, 014th District officers responded to a call of a “robbery in progress” at a bank.  Once on the scene, the officers learned an offender had just robbed the Chase bank at 2639 N.  Milwaukee.  The bank employees informed the officers the offender intimated he had a weapon while demanding money.  The employees turned over some money to the offender who then fled. 

The officers were provided with a description of the offender and then developed a plan of action.  Officers were assigned to search the neighborhood while others went to the “el” stations to search the trains after CTA was notified to stop the blue line.  The officers found the offender on the “el” train and conducted a show-up where he was immediately identified by one of the bank employees. 

The time between the robbery and the arrest of the offender was minutes. 

The arresting officer, P.O. Wayne Patnett, and the assisting personnel: Sgt. James Kuyken, P.O. Michael Takaki, P.O. Willie Crawford, P.O. Patrick Romano, P.P.O. Jola Lech, P.P.O. Sean Lewis and P.P.O. Marchand Wright should be commended for their quick response and their effective searching techniques which led to the arrest and charging of a bank robber. 

Commander Salvador Avila

014th District

Thursday, 29 March 2007

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I know that thousands upon thousands of Chicago Police Officers do their job honorably, and do it well, everyday.  I see it when I’m on the street and I hear it from the public.  I know this is a stressful and dangerous job.  I know that you are the ones who make this Department a success everyday and I know that what we have seen in the last few weeks does not represent the Chicago Police Department.  This is not us.  This does not represent who we are.   

Everyday when we put on our star, we realize the importance it holds and the responsibility that it carries.  We took this job to serve and protect.  I am saddened when misdeeds of a few give the entire department a bad name.  I know you too are hurting because of the actions of a few. 

We need to move forward and stay focused on our mission.  The outstanding reputation that we have built must not be overlooked.  You are the ones that people call when they need help.  This is what you do.  You save lives, you make a difference.

 

We have the finest employee assistance program in the country.  It has helped hundreds of police officers and their families.  It’s confidential and it’s available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  If you need it, use it.  312-747-5492

You have made this city a safer place to live and work.  You are a member of the best Police Department in the world.  Always remember that police officers are held to a higher standard both on and off duty.  I am confident that you will continue to meet and exceed these standards.  Continue to do the courageous deeds you do everyday.  You make me proud to be the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  Stay safe, and make sure at the end of your tour of duty, you go home safely to your family.

2nd District Officers Convince Offender to Turn Himself In

Submitted by the 002nd District.  This shows how true police work is done.  There is more than one way to catch an offender.  These officers' knowledge of the neighborhood and relationship with its residents proved to be their most valuable tool.

An aggravated battery occurred in the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex in the 002nd District on 24 Mar 07.

Tactical Housing Team Bt. 264 conducted an investigation and spoke with several witness about the incident. R/O's were able to learn that there was a Gang Conflict going on with the Gangster Disciples in the Ida B. Wells Housing Complex.

Tactical Officers were also able to establish the identity of the offender involved in the shooting. Tactical Officers contacted the offender's family and associates and aggressively patrolled the area in which the offender frequented.

After being sought aggressively by the 002nd District Tactical Officers, the offender eventually contacted 002nd District Tactical Officers Smith , Mohammed & Nash. R/O's were able to convince the offender to turn himself in and tell them his whereabouts.

Officers relocated to the 022nd District (111th & Throop) and apprehended the offender, read offender his rights, relocated to the 002nd District, and processed the offender accordingly.

In Custody: Wilson, Charles

Charges: Aggravated Battery with a Firearm

Team work

A recent string of robberies in the 1st and 18th District resulted in a Business Alert being issued by Area #3 Detectives.  The alert provided surveillance photos and a description of the wanted offender.  Detective Cruz Reyes was interviewed on Channel 2 after the Business Alert was sent to the media by News Affairs.  Missions were set up in the 1st District on March 28th.  The offender struck again at 400 S. Financial at 1620 hours.    Bt 163D, E. Olson, T. Johnson and A. Hoyou put out a Flash for the wanted offender.  At approximately 1632 hours at 155 W. Van Buren, SOS units 4321 and 4324, Officers D. Balesteri,  D. Oboikovity, J. Rodrigues, K Osborn and Sgt. I. Hernandez spotted an individual fitting the given description of the offender entering a cab.  While removing the individual from the cab the victim of the robbery came up to the officers and informed them that the offender had just robbed her.  Keith Parnell Talley,  38, of the 4700 block of South Indiana, was charged with seven counts of armed robbery, two counts attempted robbery, Agg Batt and Agg Assault. 

Good team work by several units of the Chicago Police Department.  Good Job.

15th District Officers Hold the Line Against Crime

These were recently submitted to the CC by the District.  Please keep sending us these positive police stories and we will publish them.  While they may not appear in the major media, that does not diminish the good police work and the positive affect it has on the community.

 

     On 26 January, Officers Gonzalez and Dougherty responded to a death investigation at Loyola hospital regarding the death of a 2 month old infant. Along with Officers Manjarrez and Delannoy , the officers questioned the father of the dead infant and were able to ascertain important and incriminating information. The officers then notified Area 5 detectives who responded to the hospital. The officers ultimately placed the father into custody after being Mirandized and admitting to shaking the baby violently, thereby causing the victim's death. Due to the officers skillful questioning and attention to duty a violent criminal was removed from the Austin community.

     On 1 March, 15th District Probationary Officer Rashida Young (her father, 15th District Officer Gregory Young, was killed during a robbery attempt in the late 1990's) and Officer Mark Czapla were on routine patrol when they on-viewed a CTA bus driver fighting on the ground with a  female subject. The officers were able to break up the fight and safely recover a loaded handgun from the offender. The officers later learned that the offender had threatened to shoot the bus driver. The offender was later found to be in possession of cannabis. PPO Rashida Young is hitting the ground running, and we're sure that somewhere up in heaven her dad is grinning from ear to ear.

 

     On 4 March,  Officers Joseph Roman, Kevin Mangerich, Bernard Veleta, Jacob Czarnik and Guy Daily, responded to a sexual assault in progress.  Upon arrival, the officers discovered that a twelve year old victim had just been sexually assaulted by a twenty year old offender. As the officers were attempting to place the Predatory Criminal Assault offender into custody, he began to fight with the officers. The offender then attempted to disarm P.O. ROMAN during his resistance to the lawful arrest. Assisting officers were able to apprehend the offender without further incident. The offender was placed into custody and charged accordingly. Due to all the officers' quick response and dedication to each other's safety, no Police Officers were injured, and a felonious individual was apprehended on the scene before making good his escape.

11th District Keeps Rolling Along

Here's a few success stories from the 11th District:
On the 27th of March, Beats 1169A, B and C responded to a DOC bulletin for AREA FOUR which featured MANN, Frank (MAFIA INSANE VICE LORD) as wanted for the Aggravated Battery shooting of DUETT, Darnell  (BLACK P STONE). 
The shooting occurred at 3832 W. Fulton on 20 Mar 07.  Officer Kelly of the Gang Team 1169B conducted the interview of victim DUETT at the time of the shooting.  Using the CLEAR system and information obtained from the victim, P.O Kelly identified MANN as the possible offender.  1169A, B, and C conducted an intense search of the area and took MANN into custody without incident. 
Area Four Detective Kelly was notified.  Subsequent information received from Det. Kelly also resulted in the arrest of another wanted offender:  COLLINS, Anthony.  The investigation continues and charges are pending.
Also on 27 Mar 07 at 0310 hrs a seatbelt mission was conducted at 3400 W. Flournoy in response to an Aggravated Battery which occurred on 26Mar07 at 3443 W. Flournoy.  Officers curbed a red 92 Pontiac Grand Am because the driver KELLY, Willie was not wearing a seatbelt. Officer Nikolakakis observed the passenger making furtive movements with her purse.  Officer Nikolakakis had the offender put the purse down and exit the vehicle.  At that time the officer observed the grip of an apparent handgun sticking out of the purse. 
Further investigation revealed the weapon to be a F.I.E. Titan .25 caliber 2.5" barrel, no magazine, one round chambered.  Also recovered from the purse was a plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance suspect cannabis.  Offender BOURGOUIS, Dominque was taken into custody and charged with UUW, Poss Cannabis, Firearm w/o FOID, and Registration of Firearms.
Good job to these officers.  Stay alert.  Stay safe.

CPD Raises $100,000 for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Chicago

At 9:30 a.m. today, First Deputy Superintendent Dana Starks presented a check for $100,730 to Art Mollenhauer, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.  In conjunction with the Chicago Police Special Activities Section, 1,100 police officers participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters  "Cops for Kid's Sake " 25th Anniversary Bowling Fund raiser which took place on the 24th and 25th of February, 2007, at six different bowling alleys in the City.  In the past 25 years, the Chicago Police Department has raised over $1,250,000 for this organization. 

Thanks to all who gave their time and money for this worthy cause.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Superintendent Cline's Response to Recent Incidents

Let me say, that the past two weeks have been disheartening and embarrassing for me personally and professionally.

It's especially demoralizing to the more than 13,600 officers who serve this department honorably everyday who put their lives on the line to save and protect the citizens of Chicago.

They too are sickened and embarrassed by the actions of their fellow officers who have blemished the reputation of this department.

I want to provide an update on the two incidents that have been reported on over the past couple days involving off-duty police officers engaging in inappropriate behavior.

I have spent almost 38 years of my life as a police officer and I am disgusted to witness this type of conduct-especially because these individuals are supposed to be upholding the law, not breaking it.

To see an intoxicated, off-duty police officer on video, beating a helpless victim is shameful and wrong and there is no other way to look at it.

Anthony Abbate has been arrested, criminally charged, stripped of his police powers and we are moving to fire him.

The Jefferson Tap Bar incident is currently under investigation by the State's Attorney's Office and OPS.

I know that many of you have inquired about video of the incident, however, we have been asked not to release it by the State's Attorney's Office because it is still being reviewed as part of their investigation.

What I can tell you is that there appears to be a physical altercation involving an off-duty police officer and an off-duty Sergeant who appears to impede police response to the scene.

After the incident occurred, OPS initiated an investigation, obtained video from the bar and viewed it on December 20.

We consulted with the State's Attorney's Office and showed them the video on December 27.

We reassigned the officers individually and following procedure, waited to see if criminal charges would be brought and against which officers.

Investigators assigned to this case started gathering information but the victims refused to talk to anyone from the police department or OPS.

As a result, we were not aware of the seriousness of the victim's injuries until we received the medical statements shortly after interviewing them because they all refused medical treatment on the scene.

In hindsight this incident should have been handled differently and these officers should have been stripped of their police powers sooner.

This incident has made me realize that we need to tighten up our process to ensure that officers that participate in this type of behavior do not remain on the street.

Today, after meeting with State's Attorney Dick Devine, I am announcing a new procedure that will expedite the investigative process.

Forty-eight hours after referring a matter involving a police officer to the State's Attorney's Office, my Chief of Staff, the head of Office of Professional Standards and the head of the Internal Affairs Division will meet with the Deputy Chief of Special Prosecutions of the State's Attorney's Office to determine if the evidence can lead to criminal charges.

If the answer is yes, we will take the officer off the street and strip him of his police powers immediately without waiting for criminal charges to be brought.

We can no longer wait for the final determination of whether criminal charges will be brought forward.

I cannot monitor every single police officer's behavior, but I can enforce a disciplinary process and demand that members at a supervisory level are accountable.

State's Attorney Devine has pledged his office's full partnership with this new process.

I have since stripped the officers involved in the Jefferson Tap incident but under this new process, the officers involved would have been stripped earlier as soon as we determined that criminal charges would be pursued.

I am confident that this is a positive step forward.

I also believe that the reputation we have built and established worldwide in our community policing philosophy cannot be overlooked or dismissed because of the regrettable actions of a few.

I will not tolerate this kind of behavior...The Chicago Police Department will not tolerate this kind of behavior...

I expect every Chicago Police Officer to uphold the law both on and off duty.

When the public witnesses this type of behavior, it erodes trust between the public and the Department.

Public trust cannot be taken for granted.

Police officers are held to a higher standard in our society and should lead by example. If they cannot accept this responsibility, they do not deserve to be a Chicago Police Officer.

Monday, 26 March 2007

Stay Focused - Stay Professional

We are all aware of the recent negative incidents that have garnered national media attention.  We also all know that these isolated incidents are not representative of the men and women in the Chicago Police Department. 

The sad part is that we ALL take a hit for the stupid actions of a few.  We perform heroic acts every day of the week and at times are recognized for these events.  Positive news is very difficult to keep in the media.  Negative news has a life of its own.  Video tapes of negative events will be played, re-played and played some more.  We know these are not the actions of the "real police". 

Stick to your training.  Maintain your professional attitude and ethical behavior.  We, the majority of working police officers,  will continue to take hits for the behavior of a few.  The best way to overcome adversity is to maintain your professionalism.  When a police officer makes the conscious decision to act like a criminal and behave like a criminal, he gives up the right to be called a police officer and he should be treated like a criminal. 

As police officers we usually do not try to explain why criminals do what they do.  We should not have to explain why those in this profession who choose to become criminals do what they do.

Salute to Fallen Hero

We here at Checkerboard want to take the time to offer our prayers and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Firefighter William Grant.

Too often we tend to disregard the everyday dangers of the job, comfortable in our routines until something tragic like this happens.

Grant and the other Firefighters who were injured in the accident are true heroes, not just because of the media attention given to this tragedy.  They are heroes because they chose a profession that, by its very nature, can place them in harm's way.

Only the bravest of individuals would choose the potential of risking their life at every ring of the alarm bell.  Firefighters respond to the most dire of situations and rush to save those who need them. . . regardless of race, social status, age. . . whatever.  These heroes know the risks involved and gladly answer the call.

We mourn the loss of this father, husband and friend.  We are saddened by the injury of his colleagues.

And we thank all of those who wear the uniform.  Heroes all.  Every day.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Alert Officers Save Victims from Domestic Rampage

Everyday, officers patrol their assigned beats, keeping in mind that they have to always be alert and watchful. . . anything could jump off at any time.  Here's a case in point where alert officers rushed to the aid of domestic battery victims.

Bt. 4607 was on patrol in the area of the 2100 block of S. Allport when they on-viewed a car being rammed by another vehicle.  Officers Maldonado and Romero saw the rammed vehicle burst into flames as it struck a fire hydrant.

As assist units arrived, the PO's saw the car burst into flames and rushed to the aid of the victims.  PO's Maldonado and Romero showed exemplary bravery as they pulled three victims from the burning vehicle to safety.

The offender was captured a short distance away.

Further investigation revealed that the offender was involved with one of the victims in an on-going domestic dispute, was in violation of an order of protection and, in a fit of rage, had rammed the vehicle with his own, causing the victims to run off the road.

Due to the quick actions of these officers and the assisting units, three victims (including a small child) were saved from what would have been a horrifying death.

Job well done.  Stay sharp officers and be safe.  Thanks for not hesitating to put yourselves on the line to save others.

CPD Marine Unit Assists in Search for Missing Boater

Yesterday members of the Marine Unit were requested by the Illinois Conservation Police to assist in locating a missing person.  MU members arrived on the 21st at 1100 hrs to assist in the dive operation.
Officers Johnson, Beltran and Sgt. Mazzola conducted 10 SONAR  "DROPS"  using advanced Sector Scan Sonar equipment and directed members of the local fire department dive team to points of interest.
While dive operations were suspended at nightfall, SONAR ops continued till 2100 Hrs in the hopes of locating the victim and marking the location in the water. 
The subject of the search (an 8 year old boy) was involved in a boating accident in which a boat he was in along with two family members went over a spillway. Two family member's remains were located hours later; however, the remains of the third victim are still missing. 
Despite the officers' determined efforts, against unfavorable environmental conditions, they were not able to successfully complete the recovery mission.
We thank these and all of the other officers and divers involved who tried their best to provide closure to this tragic accident.
We appreciate your efforts.  Stay safe.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Off-duty P.O. makes arrest--while out at dinner!!

"No rest for the weary." This phrase was never more true than on the night of 21 March 2007.  PO Pat Bryant was off-duty and having what I'm sure he thought would be a peaceful dinner with a friend, when he noticed something strange. 

The officer observed a subject wearing glasses and a fake beard staring at a bank in the area of Webster and Halsted.  The officer took a moment from his dinner to investigate and observed the knucklehead try to open the doors of the bank--which were locked.

Knowing that something bizarre was up, PO Bryant called for backup as he followed the subject around the corner.  He then saw the subject remove his disguise and go check out another bank on a nearby corner.  (I'm sure his dinner guest was thinking, "What in the world. . . . !?")

Anyway, this subject (who probably will NOT win the "Evil Genius" Award) then tried to open the second bank's LOCKED doors and then put his "clever disguise" back on.

As responding units arrived, the offender was observed trying to tear up a piece of paper.  Well, this guy was taken into custody (along with his disguise) with a note that said something like "Give me your money and don't use dye packs!!!"  What a genius.

The subject was charged with Aggravated Attempt Robbery.

Hats off to this quick-thinking officer and ALL of the responding units who provided backup and made the arrest.  Sorry about dinner. . . hope dessert was better!

Job well done 18th District officers ; stay safe.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Police vs. FIre Hockey Game

Come out and support our "Boys in Blue" as the Chicago Police hockey team takes on the Chicago Fire Department's best in a battle on the ice!
WHAT: 14th Annual Police/Fire Charity Hockey Game
WHEN: Saturday March 24th, 2007
WHERE: United Center, 1901 W. Madison
Gates open at 1130HRS-Puck Drops at 1200HRS
Tickets $5.00, Children 12 and under are free-everyone entering the building must have a ticket.
Tickets are available the United Center Box Office.
Proceeds to benefit the Disabled Chicago Police officers Fund and the
Chicago Police Memorial
For more info contact Jim Bailey at 773-919-4865
Come on out, show your support and have a good time!

CPD Memorial "Run to Remember" Donations

Moderator's note:  This letter was sent to us by the family of P.O. Michael P. Gordon, who died in the line of duty in 2004. 

Please support this and other efforts to memorialize those officers who have sacrificed their lives for our safety.

CPD Memorial- Run to Remember Donations

"First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Chicago Police Memorial through our page.  Your generosity and support have continued to amazed me.  In one week we have already raised $870.00!" 

Thank you again,

India, Malik, and Cullen Gordon

If anyone else would be interested in viewing the slide show created in Mike's memory and in supporting the cause please click the following link:

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Haymarket Statue Taken in a Theft

There is absolutely NO TRUTH to the rumor that someone actually walked off with the Haymarket Statue from the courtyard of the Training Academy.  The statue has been removed and sent to a company for restoration.  On completion it will then be placed outside of Police Headquarters.  The Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the base of the statue will take place on March 23rd on the west end of the building.

004th District Targets Gang Activity

On 3 Mar 07, 4th District Tactical Team 462 developed information regarding members of the Latin King street gang and the location of some weapons. The officers executed the search warrant and recovered 11 weapons and 30 grams of cocaine.

Arrested- #1 Cuevas, Carlos

                  Latin King Gang member

              #2 Cuevas, Trinidad 

                  Latin King Gang member

Based on evidence the officers gathered, they were able to learn that when a weapon had been used by a gang member, the weapon would be turned in to have the barrel changed in an attempt to defeat ballistics if the weapon is ever recovered. It is believed that one of the weapons recovered may have been used in the double Homicide in Griffith Indiana. The officers also learned that another weapon may have been used in at least two other incidents in Indiana. 

13 Mar 07  Eluterio Chavez was observed driving a 1989 Buick Regal. He committed a minor traffic violation and was curbed without incident. As the Sergeant who initiated the stop approached the vehicle, he observed Chavez stuffing something under the seat. Chavez was ordered from the vehicle and the object retrieved.

The Sgt recovered a plastic bag containing over $17,000.00 USC along with a small bag of suspect cannabis. Chavez was placed under arrest and the appropriate charges were filed. Once in the 004 District station, K-9 Beat 4637A arrived in the station and gave a positive alert on the money. Also recovered from Chavez was a Safety Deposit key. Asset Forfeiture was notified and is investigating further.

Arrested-Chavez, Eluterio 

Gang affiliation: Latin King

Kudos to the 004th District and its aggressive work against dangerous gangs.  Job well done.

Continue to Remember Our Fallen

Monday, 19 Mar. 07 marked the 5th Anniversary of Officer Donald Marquez’ death.

The Marquez family would like to thank the entire Chicago Police Department and friends who have supported and continue to support them.

Continue to remember those who have paid the highest price in serving others.

In the future, we will make an effort to post anniversary dates of our fallen officers as they approach. 

Going Above and Beyond

You won't see it as part of the 4:00 news or read about it in the Trib or Times, but there was a Department Awards Ceremony today at Police Headquarters.  Over 100 police officers and their families were in attendance to be recognized for the work that they do that is "above and beyond".  As police officers,  all too often we have the tendency to look at these awards and kind of shrug our shoulders and think "big deal". 

Come down to one of these ceremonies and see the expressions on the faces of the children of these officers or their parents as the awards are presented and you will soon realize it is a "big deal" for those involved.

Congratulations to all those officers were recognized for their heroic works that continue to make the Chicago Police Department the best department in the world.

Monday, 19 March 2007

Just Doing Their Job

Sometimes when people do what they are supposed to do, evil people are taken off the streets.  The police are supposed to do exactly that, take the bad guys off the streets and here is a case where it worked exactly the way it is supposed to.

On 18 March 07, at approximately 1110 hrs, Beat # 1406, Officer M. Arcillas and V. Delapasaqua, monitored a flash message of an offender wanted for a stabbing on the 3400 block of West Diversey. They spot an individual matching the description of the wanted offender running on Elbridge.  After a short foot chase, Luis Irazarry, 26, of the 1500 block of North Hollywood was taken into custody with a knife in his possession.  The victim immediately id'd the offender as the one who had just attacked him and slashed him on the chest and head.  The bad guy was picked out in 5 line-ups as the offender who has spent the last few days attacking people at random, slashing them with a knife, for no particular reason.  Irazarry was charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Battery with a knife.  One of his victims sustained lacerations that required over 40 stitches to repair.  After being mirandized the offender admitted attacking the victims because he was angry.  Go figure. 

Thanks to the police for being there when they are needed.  Thanks to the citizen who took the time to call 911 when she saw the attack taking place.  Make no mistake there is evil in this world and perhaps more importantly, there are good people in this world who do the "right thing" simply because it is the right thing.

Who Protects the Protectors?? - An Editorial

Moderator's Note:  This is a LONG post.  It was submitted to us and we thought it should be posted.  There are a few revisions. . .done to conserve space, not to alter content.

From "A Concerned P.O.":

 

No one signed up for this job thinking they would go their whole career without getting hurt. It is as much a part of the job as anything we do. There will always be the offender who refuses to go to jail and is willing to fight to avoid it.

There are countless ways we get can get hurt, and every day we hit the streets we have that in the back of our minds. We don’t and can’t obsess about it, because that is just our nature. We do what we do because it is who we are and most of the time we don’t think of the possible outcomes until the event is over.

How many times have you chased down a man with a gun and caught him without anyone getting shot? How many times have you fought with a domestic battery offender and got him into cuffs without injury yourself or your partner? Probably too many to count and it seems normal because your training sets in and you do what you have to do, it is part of the job.

But when it is over, after the adrenaline finally leaves the system, we re-live the experience while writing our paper, or telling the stories to friends or loved ones and sometimes we realize “wow that could have gone really bad.” Often times we won’t admit this to anyone, sometimes we won’t even admit it to ourselves, because the possible outcomes are too scary -- and thinking that way can get you hurt the next time.

However, when one of us is victimized, we can’t help but think of the “what ifs”, because at that point the realities of this job are staring us in the face.

There have been three officers attacked in the last month. Now that number does not seem like a lot considering the number of encounters officers have with violent offenders on a daily basis. However, this number IS  a lot because in all three incidents the officers were off-duty.

A good cop is a cop ALL the time. Whether we like it or not and as much as we try to live “normally” our nature and training forbids us from normalcy. We see things most civilians don’t. We recognize danger and harm long before most regular people. And because it is in our nature we react and try to help.

On March 11, an officer was returning to his South Side home at about 12 a.m. when he noticed a group of males drinking alcohol near their cars in front of his home. He told them he was the police and asked them to move along. Even after knowing he was an officer, one of the men approached the 10-year-veteran and punched him! The officer, obviously, attempted to defend himself and this guy’s two buddies decided to join in the attack on the officer.

Luckily the officer only suffered abrasions and swelling to his head. He was treated and released from the hospital. We are not identifying him or the location for obvious safety reasons, but this officer was quick-thinking and tactically sound and therefore avoided serious injury, as he was being attacked by three men between the ages of 18 and 23.

Officers in the district where this occurred need to be commended as well, their quick response lead to the arrest and charging of these three thugs, who are affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, with aggravated battery to a police officer.

However, on March 4, another off-duty officer was not so lucky. While leaving a club in Lincoln Park he was confronted by several members of the Insane Deuce street gang.

Again after identifying himself as an officer and telling the group to back off, they jumped him, stabbed him and beat him while he was down. Thankfully, these five offenders were also found and charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery to a police officer. Great job to all those who worked on that case!! The officer is recovering from his injuries but we still should keep him in our thoughts.

What has been in our thoughts recently was the senseless murder of Police Officer Jose Vazquez. He was gunned down in the rear of his West Side condo building as he returned home from a side job.

PO Vazquez was a hardworking police officer who, as one could tell by the turn out at his services, was well liked and respected by all who knew and worked with him. I met him several times a few years ago when he worked in 025 and he always had a smile on his face.

The slaying of PO Vazquez attracted a lot of media attention, as it should. However, it’s been a month, the attention has died down and the murderer is still on the loose. A $26,000 reward, from a combination of people and organizations, has been offered in connection with this case and still no offender has been captured.

Has our city and it’s residents become immune to violence against those who are here to protect them??

The citizens rally and march when a child is killed, or when an innocent by-stander is shot in gang crossfire, or when smoke detectors don’t work properly and an entire family dies in a fire.

Where were the marchers speaking out against what happened to Jose??

Where were the outraged community leaders denouncing violence against police??

Where were the rallies calling for our citizens to put their guns DOWN when told to do so by police officers??

Maybe I missed them. If you know of any let me know, I will apologize for the above rant.

The fact that three different officers in three different areas of the city were all attacked so violently got me thinking: "Are the consequences for fighting with the police severe and certain enough to deter these criminals?"

My answer: No.

I don’t have a ton of time on this job. But I have been around cops my whole life. In my years on the job I have seen my share of agg batt to PO cases tossed, or taken down to misdemeanor levels and I have also seen the officers’ disappointment when that happens.

In some districts, if you are not hospitalized, don’t even bother trying to charge the felony, it won’t fly. That doesn’t make sense to me. What kind of message does that send to the bad guys when they get just a slap on the wrist for fighting with the police?

Even the small physical transgression, like spitting and pushing that are not often pursued properly need to be taken seriously by charging the offenders with FELONY Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer. It is as simple as the “broken windows theory” of crime in association with neighborhoods. The theory, which most of us are familiar with, states on a very basic level, if you "nip the small issues in the bud" then they are less likely to become bigger problems in the future. Fix the broken window in the car parked on the street and criminals are less apt to strip it,  kids are less apt to vandalize it and so on. Therefore, if we go after the people when they start refusing to cooperate with police from the get go, maybe we would have less injured and killed officers.

It seems to me the message the bad guy is getting from the current state of affairs is, that it is ok to fight the police and in fact they seem to be getting more and more aggressive (hence three brutal attacks on three officers in less than two months).

As I said, I know violence is part of this job, however, curbing violence is also part of our job and if we can’t deter them from targeting us, that leaves the whole city in harm's way.

If these types of people aren’t afraid of taking on the police, who will they move on to next?

I shudder to think.

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Attention!! Officers Need Our Help and Support!!

PO Andres Zayas, Jr. has been activated into the military and sent to Afghanistan.  His company has been shipped off to a remote location 6000 ft. above sea level.  The locals do not have many things there and, in fact, use dried feces and animal dung for cooking and heating fuel.  Since this is such a depressing location, Andres has asked if we could send some stuff from home to make their lives a little easier. 

We are looking for donations of the following items:

Twin  fitted or flat sheets: You don't have to go out and buy new sheets.  Look through your closets and storage spaces, wash the sheets and send 'em on!  These guys aren't picky:  any sheets will do. 

Particle masks:  These soldiers need disposable paper masks.  Because the air is filled with the stench and debris from the burning of various fuel sources, the men and women are beginning to cough, wheeze and have other respiratory problems.

Alcohol Wipes: Any packages will do.

Pocket Pack of Kleenex tissues:  Again, bad air = respiratory problems.

Fly paper, fly traps: There are flies EVERYWHERE.  Having these traps may help  eliminate some of the pests, so the personnel can get some rest at night.

Lysol Spray:  Any size, any scent will do.  Enough said.

These soldiers are also looking for some "Americana" to remind them of home.  So if any of your donated items has logos (X-Men, Spiderman, Barbie, SpongeBob, catchy phrases---whatever--feel free to send them!

Any donations will be welcome.  Sgt. Frank Iglinski in the Bureau of Patrol is collecting these items to ship to Andres  and his colleagues.  Shipments will go out as items continue to flow in.  Call 312-745-6210 or Pax 0306 if you have any questions.

Thank you. 

Let's show our support for those who protect our freedom both here and abroad.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Don't Miss the 3rd Annual Run to Remember

Image001 Please join us for the 3rd Annual Run To Remember 5K run and walk.  Saturday, May 5, 2007 8:00 a.m. at Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.

Click www.cpdmemorial.org/run for details and registration or call 312-745-5286

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Command Changes

Congratulations to the following on their promotions:

Michael A. Patton has been promoted from Commander (Airport Law Enforcement) to Deputy Chief, Area 3 Patrol Division.  D/C Patton replaces D/C Lee Epplen who retired recently.

Leo P. Schmitz has been promoted from Lieutenant (12th District) to Commander, 8th District.

The following is a lateral move:

Commander James G. Carroll (008) is now the Commander of Airport Law Enforcement.

Monday, 12 March 2007

Another "Routine" traffic stop results in finding armed bad guys.

TRU Unit Officers S. Cho, M.Navia, J. Bala and D. Burright were assigned to work the 5th District.  At approximately 2325 hrs, 10 Mar 07, they observe a 1995 Infinity commit several traffic violations in the vicinity of 116th and State.  The vehicle is pulled over and as the officer approached the vehicle the driver is observed attempting to hide a handgun under the front seat.  The driver, Demetrius Stewart, 18 of Riverdale, as well as four other 16 year-old male passengers in the vehicle were immediately removed from the vehicle.  A .22 Cal revolver with a 5" barrel, loaded with four rounds, was removed from under the front seat.  The officers then hear a noise coming from the trunk of the vehicle.  As the officers open the trunk to investigate, a 16 year-old male is observed holding a sawed off 12 gauge Winchester shot-gun, loaded with 1 round and four additional rounds in the trunk.

Stewart and the juvenile in the trunk were charged with the appropriate weapons charges.  The four juvenile passengers were charged with curfew violations and released to their parents/guardians.  Everyone involved denied any gang affiliation.  Six deep in a vehicle with a .22 and a sawed off and no gang connection?  Yea, right!

The bottom line remains good police work has safely taken two guns off the street.  Stay alert and focused and we will continue to make sure the good guys make it home after their shift.  Some solid  police work results in a great job!

That so called "routine" traffic stop does it again

It is 0130 hrs, 10 Mar 07, Beat 822, Officer I. Lopez and R. Bell, see a 1997 Mercury commit several traffic violations in the vicinity of 58th & Kedzie.  They pull the vehicle over and as they are approaching the driver, Pedro Fuentes, 26, of 5000 block of S. LaVergne, they see him making unusual movements with his right hand trying to hide an object between the seats.  Fuentes was removed from the vehicle and placed into custody.  A custodial search of the vehicle revealed a .22 Cal Baretta. loaded with 4 rounds.  Fuentes was taken into 008 and processed for traffic violations and Aggravated UUW. 

And now for the rest of the story:

Detectives respond to a homicide scene on the 5200 block of South Winchester , at approximately 0200 hours, 10 Mar 07, where Edgar Cisneros, 22 of Chicago is the victim of a domestic related homicide.  The dicks are given information that implicate Pedro Fuentes as the ex-boyfriend who came to the ex-girlfiends apartment using duplicate keys to enter, became involved in a physical altercation with current boyfried Cisneros and Fuentes pulls the .22 and shoots the victim numerous times then Fuentes books up.  The detectives go to the LaVergne address and were told Fuentes was currently in the 8th District under arrest.

Area #1 Detectives M. Hughes, M. Bell and D. Brandt  transported Fuentes to Area #1 where he was charged with 1st Degree Murder, Home Invasion and UUW and Traffic violations.

The only thing  that is "routine" about any traffic stop is the "bad guy" knows exactly what he has done and the police have no idea.  Be careful, stay alert and everyone involved did a good job. 

Friday, 09 March 2007

COLD CASE WEB PAGE IS UP

As you know, this blog has featured success stories from the Department's Cold Case Files.  The work of this unit continues and would benefit from your contributions.  The Cold Case Unit needs investigative leads and information from the troops at large and the public to assist them with investigating and resolving unsolved murders. 

To that end, the Webpage for Cold Case Unit investigations is up and running.  The page can be accessed through CLEAR or www.chicagopolice.org/coldcase.   It can also be accessed through the Clear Path link on this site.

The unit will continue to add more cases as time progresses and this blog hopes to provide a direct link to the page.

If any Detectives have cases they would like submitted, you may contact the Cold Case Unit at 312-746-9690.

Thursday, 08 March 2007

75 Year St. Jude Tradition Continues

This year, the 75th Anniversary of the St. Jude parade will definitely include some changes, but the tradition, honor and pride of the march will continue. 

On 06 May 2007 the route of the march will change so that the Gold Star Memorial Park will be included.  Obviously we will not be marching from Michigan Avenue to the Gold Star Memorial Park.  The march will take place in the area of Gold Star Park.   The exact details (such as the assembly areas and the march route) have not been finalized.  As soon as this is completed, the information will be posted on this blog.  Parking will be available.  Let's continue to show support for our fallen and their families.

Click the file below for a history of the St. Jude Police League March.

Download st_Jude.pdf

Wednesday, 07 March 2007

CPD Officers Nominated for Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor

We'd like to congratulate all of the 2006 nominees for the Illinois Law Enforcement MEDAL OF HONOR.  These officers were nominated by Command Staff for outstanding acts of heroism, bravery attention to duty and self-sacrifice.

In their own way, each officer's actions exemplify the true spirit and courage of this Department.  No award can truly recognize all that officers do on a daily basis, but these nominations show why so many of us are proud to wear the uniform.

2006 MEDAL OF HONOR NOMINEES:

PO E. Solario: Killed in the line of duty.

PO M. Specht: Seriously injured in on-duty traffic crash.

PO T. Hall: Courage and bravery, disabling an armed offender.

PO D. Crowder: Courage and bravery while off-duty.

PO R. Thomas: Injured while apprehending fleeing suspect.

CAPT. G. Carroll: Captured armed murder suspect while off-duty.

PO's G. Woitel and J. Lally: Rescued hostage from armed offender.

SGT R. Sliva and PO's J. Ferraro, H. Bone and M. Brosnan: Captured suspects wanted for a series of armed robberies.

Congrats to the nominees.  Thanks for your service and sacrifice.

Monday, 05 March 2007

Officer Alert: Hidden Cuff Keys

We received an email regarding this hidden handcuff key.  Thought it might be helpful to pass it along.

If you are the police and see this. . . be careful and know what to look for.  If you are a criminal and see this post. . . SO WHAT!  We are on to this trick and if it keeps just one of us safer, then that's good enough.

Download 07021handcuffring.doc

Thursday, 01 March 2007

Brutal Murderer Apprehended by A/2 Detectives

On 28 FEB 07, 005th District officers responded to a "check well being" call on west 118th Street.  There, they found the victim, 27 y/o Tanisha Thurmond, inside the apartment unresponsive.  The preliminary investigation by the on-scene officers determined that there were obvious signs of a struggle.

Area Two Detectives Lazzara, Sandoval, Branigan and Carlassare were assigned the case and immediately began an intensive investigation.  Their investigation led to the victim's boyfriend, Allen Blanch, 35 of 11800 block of Wentworth, as the probable offender. 

The detectives engaged in an expansive search for the offender, whom they believed fled in the victim's vehicle after he murdered her.  Their search turned up the victim's vehicle and the offender at a motel at 7700 S. Cicero.   The offender was taken into custody, where he later confessed admitting he strangling the victim during a domestic fight and then fleeing with her vehicle.  Blanch was charged with First Degree Murder and has a court date in Branch 66 on the 1st of March. 

In 24 hours or so, the murderer of a well-liked, young teacher was cleared with the offender being arrested and charged appropriately.

Excellent work by the A/2 Detective Division and the officers who initially responded to the scene.

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Area #1 Detectives Clear Homicide in just over 24 hours

At 0912 hours on 27 Feb 07, Christopher Nicholson, 33 of 12113 S. State entered the small grocery store at 4959 S. Ashland making inquiries to Ibrahim Alshwaiat, 60, about getting his job back.  When Nicholson was informed he was not welcomed back, he produced a hand gun and attempted to open the cash register.  A witness fled the rear of the store and called 911 and then heard several loud reports.  When the police arrived they found the victim with a GSW to the head. A nickname of the offender was provided to the Area #1 Detectives, William Brogan, William Marley, Michael Adams and Ronnie Lewis.  The detectives were able to identify, locate and arrest the offender and have charges approved by 1130 hours, 28 Feb 07.  Quick work of clearing another homicide. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Good police work results in murder charges

Heads up police work by the 7th District and the Area #1 Gun Team results in one for murder.

On 20 Feb 07 at approximately 2327 hrs, Beat 757, Officer Ronni Black and Louis Torres were flagged down by a victim #1 who stated he was sitting with his cousin in a van on the 900 block of West 68th Street, when 3 male offenders approached the vehicle and victim #1 asked where "Liza" was.  The offenders related they would go get "Liza" and went into a house on West 68th Street.  When the offenders returned they opened fire on the van, fatally wounding victim #2, Sean Hawkins, 33, of East 43rd Street.  Victim #1, who was the driver, immediately put the van in gear and fled the scene and flagged down Beat 757.

The Beat officers obtained information identifying two of the three offenders and the possibility that the third offender may be "Liza's" ex-boyfriend.  Investigative Alerts were issued and a look-out message was sent out on the offenders vehicle. 

Between 21-22 Feb 07, the Area #l Gun Team, Officers Enrique Pacheco, Daniel Ludwig, Robert Stegmiller and Christ Savickas with Detectives Thomas Vovos, John Murray, William Davis and Destry Wilborn, were successful in rounding up the three offenders.  Further investigation revealed James Ivory, 24, of 6920 S. Wabash as the shooter. 

The weapon was recovered from the home of the victim's former girlfriend, who is now the girlfriend of Ivory.  The other two offenders were released without charging. 

Good Work ladies and gentlemen.  Job Well Done. 

Monday, 26 February 2007

Heads Up Response to Shots Fired in 007

On the 24th of February, just after mid-night, Beat 725, Officers Beverly Reyes and James Lewandowski, saw flashes and heard shots fired at 6438 S. Honore and immediately responded to the scene.  The 14 year-old victim ran from the scene and collapsed at 1810 W. 65th Street.  The victim was transported to Christ where he was pronounced. 

Further investigation revealed the victim was attending a party at the Honore address and a dispute arose over who could dance with an unknown female at the party.  Party-goers were told to leave the party and a secondary disturbance erupted on the street with a male offender pulling a gun, firing and panicking the crowd.  The offender then fired a single shot into the crowd striking the victim in the back. 

Beat 761B, Officers John Dowling and Daniel Dowling, were able to develop information that indicated a Antoine Rice, 17, of 5037 S. May, was the offender.  Rice was taken into custody and was charged with 1st Degree Murder.  GSR tests on the offender came back positive.

All the officers from the 7th District and Area 1 are to be commended for a job well done.

You Can Run, But You Can't Hide: Cold Case Squad Does It Again

On 16 September 1998, 64 y/o Alma Valentine was walking to her car after work at the Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens,  6600 block of South Maplewood, where she cared for mentally challenged adults, when she was struck and killed by gunfire.

Initial investigation by A/1 revealed that Valentine was the unintended victim of the gunfire, which was fired by one gang member at a car load of rival gang members.  The investigation developed "Chevon Godfrey", a member of the Black P-Stone street gang, as the possible shooter.  Despite this information, the detectives were unable to get a warrant because there was not enough probable cause.  Detectives were also unable to locate Godfrey.  As a result, the case remained unsolved.

Detectives Robert Lenihan, Michael Cummings and Robert Trlak (now a Sgt. in Area 2) from the Cold Case Squad, revisited the Valentine murder case.  The detectives located witnesses who identified Godfrey as the shooter.  Further review of juvenile records revealed that Godfrey's father had a last name of Villanueva and that Godfrey had fled Chicago shortly after the incident.

Detectives consulted a national database that uncovered a "Chevon Villanueva" living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Suspecting that "Chevon Godfrey" and "Chevon Villanueva" were one and the same, the detectives focused their attention on Tulsa and obtained an arrest warrant.  As a result of further inquiry, detectives confirmed that not only were "Chevon Godfrey" and "Chevon Villanueva" the same person, but that "Godfrey" had obtained false identification and was now living in Las Vegas under the name "Eddie Williams"!

On February 1, 2007, Detectives Cummings and Lenihan went to Las Vegas where they located and arrested "Chevon Godfrey" a.k.a. "Chevon Villanueva".  During a post-arrest videotaped interview, Godfrey admitted that he fired the shots the struck and killed Alma Valentine.

On February 23rd, Godfrey was extradited from Las Vegas to Chicago, where he now faces charges of First Degree Murder. 

Due to relentless and thorough investigation, a murderer now faces justice.

Job well done.

Are We For Real. . . or What?

Well, I guess we are "official"!  We've gotten hate mail, coded messages. . . the works!  It's funny, though.  I thought that the biggest critics would be the so-called "unappreciative public" or even the "unscrupulous media".  HA! WRONG!!

If you haven't taken the time to really check us out, I'll simply remind you that we ARE "of, by and for the Police".  The REAL police, not the clout-heavy police, not the "whining" police--the every day copper who straps on a duty-belt, gets in a squad and does the job. If you think the site is all BS or propaganda or whatever, do me a favor and don't use it.  This site has been created to get factual information to the rank and file and also let the public see the everyday success stories of the Chicago Police Department.  We are here to give information, provide a voice and FINALLY  give credit to the men and women of this Department who truly deserve it. . . YOU. . . the "everyday copper."

Those of us working on this blog do so because WE WANT TO.   Believe it or not, there are still a lot of police officers who take pride and honor in the work they do.  There are problems and issues that make us unhappy with the job, that is part of life.  But then again, do you know of ANY job that is problem-free? (If so, send me an application--I could use a stress-free gig!)

If you simply want to rant, rave, whine, moan and complain without adding anything constructive, find someplace else to spend your time. Coded messages and inappropriate comments (while creative and SOMETIMES humorous) are not what we are about and will not be posted.  There's plenty of space to do that. . . elsewhere. 

Criticism is cool.  Stupidity is not.  Police officers already face enough adversity on a daily basis.  There are enough "haters" out there without us having to turn on each other. 

If you are proud to do the job, say so.  If you don't like the job, quit.  It's easy to be "controversial" and "subversive" when you can do so with an electronic pseudonym.  If you have a legitimate complaint or concern, you are more than welcome to express an intelligent opinion.  If your concern is legitimate, have the courage to sign your name.   

We do..... John Henry and Pat Camden. 

Friday, 23 February 2007

NAGIS involved in another large narcotics seizure

On 21 Feb 07, NAGIS Squad E-4 was following up on information about a large shipment of reefer coming into the area of 3800 on Spaulding.  Surveillance was set up and the subject entered a van and was followed to Westmont where he loaded 5 large boxes into his van.  A street stop was conducted and the boxes contained approximately 400 pounds of Cannabis.  A search warrant was obtained for the building at 131 W. 61st Street in Westmont and that resulted in 1300 additional pounds of marijuana being recovered.  The subject, Ciro Rojas, 21, was arrested and charged with possession etc and will be processed in DuPage County.  Last month this same team was involved in the recovery of over 2800 pounds of marijuana.  Good job, keep up the good work and stay safe.

Thursday, 22 February 2007

New Lieutenants List for February 2007

Congratulations to the new class of Chicago Police Lieutenants!

click here to see the list of newly promoted Lieutenants

The Targeted Response Unit is Looking for Sergeants and Police Officers

The Targeted Response Unit is looking for Sergeants and Police Officers to be assigned to the unit. The unit is a high visibility unit which targets high crime areas. We are looking for aggressive, hardworking Sergeants and Police Officers. Minimum 2 years experience for Police Officers.

The unit works in uniform, in marked police vehicles, every day of the week during 3rd Watch hours. You will be assigned to a Day-Off-Group. If you are interested, please fill out the application which can be found on the CPD Intranet under Automated Directives, and return to Unit 253. You will then be scheduled for an interview. We will try and accomodate partners. For further information, please call (312) 745-4069.

- Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris
elias.voulgaris@chicagopolice.org

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Monthly Department Commendation Ceremony

It is not unusual for a sergeant to receive a Department Commendation or a Life Saving Award.  It is not unusual for police officers who happen to be husband and wife to receive department commendations in the course of their police career.  However, it is really unusual when married police officers, who both happen to be sergeants assigned to different districts, receive a Department Commendation and a Life Saving Award at the same ceremony.  This happened today when Sgt's Arthur and Nellie Harb were presented with a Department Commendation and a Life Saving Award respectively.  Arthur actually was the recipient of two Department Commendations for narcotics work when he was in the 10th District.  Nellie was given the LSA for her efforts in apprehending an armed suicidal subject in the 11th District.  Congratulations to all who received Department Commendations and Life Saving Awards today.  Job well done!

Click here to view the list of Department Commendations issued. (103MB)

No Forgiveness For Cop Killer

The following is an excerpt from a letter sent to CPD from a member of the Chicago Sun-Times News Group.

"Convict Bigsby killed a police officer, attempted to kill others, and if he hadn't run out of ammunition, the death toll could have been three or more. What possibly could be said that would make this man a candidate to return to society and freedom? There only is one correct decision on any application this convict makes for parole. That decision is an immediate denial. Now and forever. It should not be difficult to do the right thing.

Convict Bigsby now is being considered for parole. A parole hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at Danville Correctional Center, where Bigsby is serving his sentence. Cutting short his sentence would be offensive to the community, the police department, law enforcement in general and most horribly to officer Ed Barron's family."

To read the letter in it's entirety, click here.

Upcoming Ceremony for New Police Lieutenant Class

On Thursday, 22 February 2007 at 1000 hours, there will be a promotional ceremony for 21 new Lieutenants at the South Shore Cultural Center, located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive.
Please join us in congratulating this new class of Lieutenants.
Good luck and take care of the troops!

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Department Commendation Ceremony

The monthly department commendation ceremony will take place on 21 Feb 07 at 0930 hours in the Multi purpose room at Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan.  Over 120 officers are slated to receive Department Commendations for going above and beyond the call.  These officers all stepped up and did the right thing because they are the police.

If you think these awards are meaningless, come on down and watch the pride that is on the officers faces as the awards are presented or as they stand in line to take pictures with the Superintendent and their Commanders.  Watch their wives, mothers, fathers and friends smile with pride as their loved ones are recognized for the good that they do on a daily basis. 

There will be a few minor mentions in the media, but nothing of any significance.  We know what happens when the news is negative, then you can't keep the media away.  Keep on trying and send us those positive stories from you districts and areas.  Congratulations to all the award recipients.

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Fr. Nangle's Homily for Officer Jose Vazquez

I mentioned in the previous post that Fr. Tom Nangle is the "real police Chaplin".  In my 36 years with the department (the last 22 being spent in News Affairs) I know first hand from too many horrific trips to hospital emergency rooms when a police officer has been seriously injured.  Fr. Nangle is at his best when we are at our worst.  When one of our own has been shot and is in critical condition, Fr. Nangle does his best work. 

His mere presence is comforting to those who just don't know what to do when a brother or sister is mortally wounded and we stand around and wait to see what God has planned.  Fr. Nangle will go with Officers Special Activities to tell the wife, parents or significant others of the fate that involves on of their loved ones.  He is also at the hospital to comfort so many of us who are at a loss for words or to provide direction in the most dire time of need.  If you look at the mast head of the Weblog it simply states:  Of the Police... by the police...for the police.  Fr. Tom Nangle is all that and more.  He does not know I am writing this, but I strongly feel that it is long overdue. 

Fr. Tom is truly doing God's work with the Chicago Police Department.  He was instrumental in the founding and organizing of the "Gold Star Families" and most importantly, "We will never forget" back in the mid 1970's . . . and look how far it has come.  The Chicago Police Department now has the finest Gold Star Memorial Park and Foundation in the nation.  That all started with a simple plan many years ago.  I am attaching Fr. Tom's homily to this post.  I apologize that it is not electronically attached, but I am not an I.S. person, I am just a police officer who has the utmost respect for the man that wrote and delivered the following:

Homily for Officer Jose Vazquez, #13088, Rest In Peace.

Blue and white cars roam this city's streets and alleys every minute of every day and night, and each one of them carries four words that speak of the soul of police work:  We Serve and Protect.  Those four words are accurate and true, and they are of God.  Those words capture a very big part of the life of Jose Vazquez.  And the rest of his life can be captured by one more word:  Love... Love of a strong wife, love of a mother and father who gave life to an exceptional family, love of brothers and sisters----5 by blood and 13,500 by blue.

Nellie, you said yesterday that Jose never called you by your name.  Instead, you were always "honey" and "baby"  You were the last face Jose saw on this earth, the last voice he heard, the last touch he felt before he went into the presence of his God.  You and the family used beautiful words to describe Jose:  strong man, soldier, angel, sincere, respectful. sweet, passionate, guardian.  Your future with Jose has been taken from you, but your past with him is yours to keep forever, until the day you hold him again forever.  In the hospital ER, and yesterday at the wake, you pressed your hands to your chest and said over and over, "He's here---he's here."  You were speaking from the depths of your soul, and we know what you mean.  We understand.  His life was way too short for all of us, but in his 34 years Jose enriched the human family as he journeyed across this earth.  He knew love, he knew service to others, and he knew work what had deep meaning and was satisfying to his soul:  the work of a Chicago Police Officer.

And as a police officer, Jose was exceptional.  He was laid back, never got mad, he made the job fun for those who worked with him.  The constant exposure to human suffering and evil never got to him, and he even made the bad guys laugh at being locked up!  His sergeant said that Jose and his partner were an outstanding team: when they were working, you knew you'd have something good by the end of the night.  When he was on duty, Officer Jose Vazquez, Star #13088 had two of the most valuable virtues in a police officer:  He was aggressive and he was fair.  Even the street respects that in a policeman.

Mr. and Mrs. Vazquez, you have created an exceptional family.  Nellie, you and Jose warmed our world with your love for each other.  Dr. Raul Vazquez, Jacqueline, Nancy, Raul, Joaquin - you've shared a fine brother with us.  We are all so sorry for your pain and the empty spot that is in your world now.  Officers of the Special Operations Section of the Chicago Police Department, you have taken another hit and I am so sorry for that.  There is an empty spot at roll call where Officer Vazquez used to stand, but we knew him, and we know you and we know the beat will go on.

Jesus Christ tells us in the gospels that, when this life ends, all we will be measured by is how well we have loved.  Last Monday morning, Jose Vazquez went from his Nellie's arms into the arms of God, and God must have grinned.  Jose---we weep for the death of you, and we laugh for the life of you.  Amen.

Fr. Thomas Nangle, CPD Chaplain

Friday, 16 February 2007

Police Family Shows Strong Support for the Vazquez Family

Despite bitter cold temperatures, the Chicago Police family showed it's true colors and feelings in the strong attendance at the funeral of Officer Jose Vazquez.  As the hearse approached the church, police officers and dignitaries stood at attention, braving the bitter cold in honor of their murdered brother. 

The honor guard removed the casket from the hearse into the church as the bag pipes played. The church was completely filled with family members and police officers.  It was standing room only.    Father Tom Nagle delivered the Gospel in only the way he can.  He is truly a "police" Chaplin.  At the end of the service, eulogies were delivered by the Mayor and the Superintendent.  The Superintendent's eulogy is attached.

A fallen brother was buried with the same dignity that he created in his life.

Download officer_vazquez_eulogy.doc

Monday, 12 February 2007

New Exhibit Showing the Perils of Drugs Opens at Navy Pier

Chicago Target America Exhibit Now at Navy Pier

Targetchicago (Chicago)— On February 8, 2007 a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the Target Chicago: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, was held at Navy Pier. Target Chicago is part of a national traveling exhibit presented by the DEA Museum and is designed to explore the devastating impact illicit drugs has on society and provide an important look at how every one can work to break the cycle of drug abuse and drug-related violence.

Click the link below to see more of this ground-breaking exhibit.

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/chicago020907.html